Counting calories comes easy

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Would you make a different choice at your favorite restaurant if the calories were listed right next to it?

The new health care law makes it mandatory that chain restaurants with more than 20 locations put nutritional information right on the menu.

The Owner of Chick-fil-a on Wynnton Road in Columbus said he's looking forward to posting that almost all their menu items are 500 calories or less.

"Something as simple as putting the calorie count on the menu probably is going to be a benefit to our business and increase, honestly like a marketing line," said Alex Vann of Chick-fil-a.

Workers at Logan's Roadhouse in Columbus said the same thing. "It's a win-win for us. It's actually going to be a good thing; it'll bring in more clientele," says host Justin Cason.

Every vendor WTVM talked to Wednesday said they have seen customers become more health conscious lately.

"On a daily basis I get a costumer that wants to know the calories per item or which items are more healthy," said Daniel McClain.

McClain owns a new restaurant in town, Momma Goldberg's.  There are only 12 location of Momma Goldberg's, so they are exempt from the new law. But, the owner says they have decided to list nutritional information anyway. "I think it is up to us to offer those, they should know what they're getting," said McClain.

Nutritional facts will also be required to be posted on all vending machines and on most drive thrus.

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