Seems like the FDA had a busy week. Just after the travesty of de-facto approval of artificial food dyes as safe, the FDA released on Friday afternoon its proposed rules for calorie labeling in food establishments.
As Marion Nestle writes:
Federal agencies love releasing potentially controversial proposals on Friday afternoons when reporters and potential critics are heading off for the weekend.
So what’s in the proposal?
What you need to know:
Food sellers need to provide calorie information if they
- operate over 20 locations (i.e. fast food chains), AND
- more than 50% of the floor space is dedicated to selling food
Since most of a movie theater’s floor space is seating for moviegoers, this kind of establishment is exempt. Which is a real shame because they sell some of the most calorie laden junk food ever:
- A bucket of “buttery” Popcorn has over 1500 calories (!)
- Nachos (with Cheese) over 1000 calories
- Huge Soda – over 400 calories
- Soft Pretzel – 450 calories
What to do at the movies:
How about smuggling in your own snacks?
Sounds lame, but we’ve been doing it for years – home made trail mix, fresh fruit, and bottled water.
Does your local -PLEX offer anything healthy? What do you bring in to munch?