Calorie Counting under the Affordable Care Act

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) --- Under the Affordable Care Act, roughly five million vending machines across the nation will soon have to provide calorie information for customers to see up front. Restaurants like Chick-Fil-A have already been testing out the idea.

"It's important for people to know if they want to know about what they are putting inside their body," said Dane Folsom, who is a customer at Chick-Fil-A.

"Most people during this time of year, New Year's resolutions, are getting Chargrilled sandwiches," said Nicholas Myers who is a Manager at Chick-Fil-A.

That's exactly why the Affordable Care Act will now require that vending machines display calorie information.

The FDA will also finalize rules for restaurant chains with more than 20 locations to have calorie counts.

Jake Burtner another Chick-Fil-A customer said he always gets the same meal, no matter the calories.

"Today, I got the number three, the spicy chicken sandwich. I also got the four count entree of strips with the fries," said Burtner.

"It does sway some people, especially if they are worrying about their diet. But, I don' think it will sway people from eating where they're wanting," said Myers.

"I just kind of assume that it's all not the best for you, but I made my decision based on taste and not on calorie intake," said Folsom, who didn't notice that Chick-Fil-A displayed calories upfront.

The whole point of calorie counting is to reduce obesity and possibly save the health care system.

Websites, like caloriecount.com show you the nutrition facts inside most fast food and vending machine items.

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