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Calorie counts on menus could prompt healthier options

Most consumers don’t seem to care much about calories listed on menus, but the practice may lead restaurants to serve healthier options. Those are the findings of two studies published in the journal Health Affairs. Most consumers don’t seem to care much about calories listed on menus, but the practice may lead restaurants to serve healthier options. Those are the findings of two studies published in the journal Health Affairs.
Chain restaurants will be required to list calorie information on their menus starting in December next year, which could lead to healthier options when you go out to eat. Chain restaurants will be required to list calorie information on their menus starting in December next year, which could lead to healthier options when you go out to eat.
Currently, Dexter BBQ doesn't list the calories on their menus yet, but that could change. Currently, Dexter BBQ doesn't list the calories on their menus yet, but that could change.
A separate study showed that menus with calorie counts on them average nearly 140 fewer calories per item, good news for those watching their weight. A separate study showed that menus with calorie counts on them average nearly 140 fewer calories per item, good news for those watching their weight.
MISSOURI (KFVS) -

Most consumers don’t seem to care much about calories listed on menus, but the practice may lead restaurants to serve healthier options.

Those are the findings of two studies published in the journal Health Affairs.

Currently, Dexter BBQ doesn't list the calories on their menus yet, but that could change.

Chain restaurants will be required to list calorie information on their menus starting in December next year, which could lead to healthier options when you go out to eat.

Carol Marshall prefers to keep the nutritional info of her favorite dish in the dark.

Even having that option wouldn’t have an impact on what she orders.

“I can watch calories at home,” said Marshall.

Dexter BBQ, known for its Lip-Smacking, hickory-smoked Barbeque Ribs could soon be required to post that information on their menus.

Other restaurants like McDonald's and Panera have already started the trend of placing calorie counts on their menus, which has led to healthier options.

But regional manager, Michael Williams, knows Dexter BBQ is healthier than most people realize.

“Everything is made from scratch. Nothing is processed, I think people would be really surprised at how health our food really can be," he said.

What it will affect is the chain's financials.

“The biggest negative that it would go through would be that it would just require a lot of time on our end,” said Williams

With six locations in southeast Missouri, Williams said the requirements would be costly, especially since customers like Marshall prefer to enjoy the food without knowing how many calories it takes to create the taste of it.

“It really doesn’t matter,” said Marshall.

A separate study showed that menus with calorie counts on them average nearly 140 fewer calories per item, good news for those watching their weight.

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