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Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:05 am, Mon Jan 24, 2011.

Here's some food for thought: The number of calories in your combo meal is now as prominently displayed as the item's price. Ignorance can be bliss when biting into a bacon cheeseburger. But California — and soon federal — laws are requiring many restaurants to inform patrons of the caloric intake of what they are savoring.

As he sat in a plush booth at A&W Root Beer on East Lodi Avenue waiting for his order and sipping a root beer, Arin Singh talked with his friends about the amount of calories he was about to ingest. Thanks to a California law that went into effect New Year's Day, patrons like Singh now know exactly how many calories come in their cheese curds and barbecue chicken sandwiches.

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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:13 pm on Mon, Jan 24, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Believe it or not, Mr. Baumbach, the public isn't as smart (or as concerned) as you give them credit for, because if they were, stores like Super Walmart, Costco, Sam's Club, and the average supermarket wouldn't be able to sell super-sized packages of processed foods like they do. And then the manufacturers would have to stop making them. American consumption is based, for the most part, on convenience rather than making healthy choices.

    But to blame ignorance solely on public school graduates (or drop-outs) leaves out a whole segment of society that probably isn't as "smart" as you make them out to be either.

  • trista aquino posted at 11:13 pm on Sat, Jan 22, 2011.

    trista aquino Posts: 119

    .....meanwhile those interested in which food items contain ingredients known to the state of California to cause cancer must continue referring to fine print located on the back of the nutrition guide

  • Josh Morgan posted at 6:53 pm on Sat, Jan 22, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 541

    And we certainly know how effective the warning labels on cigarette packages have been.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:07 pm on Sat, Jan 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    In an effort to inform consumers and fight obesity, Sen. AlexPadilla authored Senate Bill 1420, which became law in 2008…

    Great intentions in addressing an important topic… but personally, I think Senator Padilla must think the public school system needs to be dismantled and scrapped. To author a bill that must assume that the average person must be instructed that a big Mac and fries just might have too many calories is very insulting and treats every adult like uneducated foolish people that have no ability to understand the obvious.
    Obviously, he thinks the school system has failed and is worthless. In reality, this bill does nothing more than drive of the cost of this product which maybe was the real intent in the first place. Welcome to Nanny World USA where if you do not stop eating Big Macs… the nanny will make it too expense to eat… unless you are rich of course. Mr. Padilla, may I please be excused? Honest… Ill be good.



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