Will Calorie Counts on McDonald's Menus Result in Healthier Meal Choices?

Now that McDonald's will be providing calorie information on its menus, will you think twice before ordering that Big Mac?


McDonald’s announced Wednesday that, starting this month, it is adding calorie information on restaurant and drive-through menus. So now when you bite into that Big Mac, you will know just how many calories you're about to ingest. According to a drive-through menu, an Angus Cheese Burger Meal is 1,170 to 1,410 calories.

According to a press release on behalf of McDonald's, the move to include calorie information is the latest in a series of actions to support the company's commitment to offer improved nutrition choices. It is, however, also a requirement of the Obama Health Care initiative that requires any restaurant chain with more than 20 outlets to list the calorie counts of its meals on the menu.

Our question is, now that you have that information, will it change your meal choices when visiting McDonald's? Do you think it will result in people making healthier choices when eating or ordering from McDonald's? Tell us in comments below.

QBY33 September 14, 2012 at 01:49 AM
I have to say, I do believe it will help in some cases. For example, I was recently in Elevation Burger with my son for lunch and chose what I would get based on the calorie count they had listed on their menu. We rarely go to chains such as these, but once and a while we do indulge. I recently changed my lifestyle and lost a significant amount of weight. I have lowered my blood pressure to normal and I workout at least 5 times a week. The times I do treat myself to Starbucks or Elevation burger...the shock factor of the calorie amount does certainly alter my choice. I thinks it's a great thing!
Kay September 14, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I think if they added the fat content numbers, they might actually lose business. For instance, look at the Angus Mushroom and Swiss in the picture above... If I'm reading it right, the sandwich by itself is 770 Calories. That might be OK, if one is super-active and has a high daily calorie intake anyway. However, the percentage of calories from fat is probably enormous, which would mean that the fat grams might equate your allowance for the entire Week! Just saying. Calories are important but if they all come from fat, that's just plain bad!


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