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On Calorie Counts

Posted by Eric Hazard | No Comments

The Germans have a word for this: Schadenfreude

From the Chicago Tribune:

[nutrition activists have] never checked to see if covering menus with calorie-counts actually influences consumers to eat less. No one has.

While the justification for menu-mandates rests squarely on assumption, a growing body of evidence casts doubt on their merit. Researchers at Cornell University found that posted nutrition facts spurred people to eat 131 percent more calories than when they dined free of calorie tallies.

So, by my count. American Madness team: 1 Crazed calorie posting advocates: 0 

Why can’t the ‘08 election be this easy?


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