Calorie data on the menu can create significant health, economic benefits

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According to THURSDAY, June 4, 2020 (U.S. Heart Association News) – Current federal law requires restaurants to post calories on their menus to help diners make healthier and final choices. The same can lead to fewer cases of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research.

From 2018 to 2023, public reaction to nutrition labels at restaurants could prevent 14,698 cases of cardiovascular disease, including 1,575 deaths and 21,522 cases of Type 2 diabetes. The findings were published Thursday in the American Society of Cardiology Circulation: Quality and Cardiovascular Results.

The Food and Drug Administration in May 2018 began requiring calories listed on restaurants' menus and menu tables that are part of a chain of 20 or more locations.

On April 1, the agency said it would provide temporary flexibility for restaurants until the coronavirus health emergency is over.

Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, one of the lead authors of the study, said: "We have a fast moving pandemic, encompassing a slow moving pandemic – a combination of acute infectious stress and have been growing in our nation's metabolic health for more than 40 years, and the head of Tufts University's Friedman School of Policy and Nutrition Science in the Boston area. "COVID-19 emphasizes the important need to ensure tell the Americans to have enough healthy food. "



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