Australian researchers say restaurants are responding to the rules by offering more lower-calorie items, and customers, in turn, are reducing their caloric intake.
The findings support a push in the United States to require greater disclosure of calorie counts at fast-food and chain restaurants.
Calorie disclosures led food retailers to trim 15 calories per menu item and prompted consumers to eat 27 fewer calories per meal, the study found. The effect was greatest among women, who chose meals with 60 fewer calories, and among overweight people, with a reduction of 83 calories per meal.
The discovery that restaurants adjust their offerings when they are required to disclose calorie counts is significant. In the same way that finantial disclosure changes behavior, here we are able to see the effects in the food environment.
In the United States, food industry groups have repeatedly pushed back on requirements to disclose calorie information. Labeling laws are due to go into effect in May 2018.
– The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers tips for healthy eating when dining out.
Information obtained from: https://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-11-09/menus-with-calorie-counts-seem-to-be-paying-off