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The Curmudgeon Respectfully Disagrees

A federal law that requires many restaurants to list calorie counts on their menus recently took effect amid questions about whether seeing those numbers would have any impact on diners’ selections.  Apparently there’s real skepticism:  limited studies in places that experimented with such listings, or that already have them, suggest that people look at the numbers and then proceed to order whatever they want anyway.

In other words, the science says showing calorie counts will have little, if any, effect.

To which The Curmudgeon says “Balderdash! Poppycock!”

Sooooo good. Sooooo many calories

While he’s not much of a chain restaurant guy, The Curmudgeon has long made an exception for Applebee’s because he enjoys Applebee’s oriental chicken salad so much.  Applebee’s menus in Philadelphia have shown calorie counts for a while now, though, and as soon as The Curmudgeon saw that the oriental chicken salad had 1310 calories – even with the grilled rather than fried chicken! – he hasn’t touched the stuff since.  As far as he’s concerned, he’s absolutely, positively had his last Applebee’s oriental chicken salad.

And there’s not much else on the Applebee’s menu that offers a meal for less than 1000 calories, either, so these days he’s sticking to Thai shrimp salad, which is only 410 calories.

Seeing the number of calories in a meal won’t affect how people order?

The Curmudgeon says “Feh!” to that!