Now you can really make your calories count.
Philadelphia's Menu Labeling Law requires chain restaurants and retail food establishments with more than 15 locations nationwide to post nutrition information for the food and drinks they sell.
The law applies to menu boards (like those in fast food restaurants) as well as menus (like those in restaurants where you sit down).
Studies show that most people don't know the nutrition content of the foods they eat and the beverages they drink. In fact, they usually underestimate the number of calories in the food and drinks they order. A recent study in Philadelphia showed that average adult meals on menus had more sodium and saturated fat than the daily recommendation- just from one meal!
Nutrition information helps you to be more informed about what you are eating so you can make healthier choices. The links below can help consumers and food establishments better understand menu labels and the Philadelphia law.
- FoodFit Philly Menu Labeling Page
- What Every Philadelphian Should Know
- Anyone's Guess: The Need for Nutrition Labeling
Questions? Call 215-685-5623.
- Menu Labeling Guide
- Menu Labeling Requirements, Philadelphia City Code
- Menu Labeling Evaluation: Recommendations for Restaurants
Questions? Call 215-685-7497 or email.
- American Heart Association
- Centers for Disease Control
- Choose My Plate- Eating Out Tips
- MenuStat (search over 35,000 restaurant foods)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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