Will Politicians and the USDA Try to Regulate Restaurant Food Content and Portion Size ?
It starts with a story reported in a "respected" news source.Where this study claims 96% of restaurant exceeds USDA (U.S.Department of Agriculture) standards.The next step is the MSM Network News picks up the story of this latest health "crisis".The next step is some "Nanny State" politician calls for a hearing to address this urgent problem.And determines that there needs to be new laws & regulations to protect the American people from themselves,from eating their favorite restaurant food that may be "dangerous" to their health!
Here is that article:
Study: 96% of restaurant entrees exceed USDA limits
If you plan to chow down tonight at a big chain restaurant, there's a better than nine-in-10 chance that your entree will fail to meet federal nutrition recommendations for both adults and kids, according to a provocative new study.
A whopping 96% of main entrees sold at top U.S. chain eateries exceed daily limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reports the 18-month study conducted by the Rand Corp. and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
"If you're eating out tonight, your chances of finding an entree that's truly healthy are painfully low," says Helen Wu, assistant policy analyst at Rand who oversaw the study. It examined the nutritional content of 30,923 menu items from 245 restaurant brands across the USA. "The restaurant industry needs to make big changes to be part of the solution," she says.
The restaurant industry is "employing a wide range" of healthier-living strategies, says Joan McGlockton, vice president of food policy at the National Restaurant Association. Among them: putting nutritional information on menus, adding more healthful items and launching a 2011 program at nearly 100 brands in more than 25,000 locations that offers children's meals in line with 2010 dietary guidelines.
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