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Dr. Kim Mulvihill ReportingCraving fast food but concerned about calories? One fast food chain is finding a solution.
McDonald's is going to start telling us how many calories are in their food, starting next year. Mcdonald's has created a bar graph based on a 2,000 calorie diet showing standard nutrition information for many of its most popular products, including Big Mac's and French fries.
Each graph shows the number of calories, grams of fat, protein, and carbohydrates, and the amount of sodium contained in the item. It also shows how eating that food will contribute to consumers daily nutrient allowance. For example, eating a hamburger satisfies fourteen percent of the daily allowance for fat grams.
A McDonald's representative said they tested the new labeling in several markets, and that most people thought it was very easy to understand.
Officials at the USDA say while nutrition information is a benefit to the consumer, it is important to remember that not everyone has a diet based on 2,000 calories per day. They recommend consumers know how many calories they should eat each day based on age, sex and activity level.