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New state law requires restaurants to list nutritional information

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As New York City goes, so goes California. Starting July 1, chain restaurants with more than 20 locations will have to list nutritional information where customers can read it.

Harold Goldstein of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy said many people spend half their food dollars away from home. He told KPCC’s "Patt Morrison" that the law will help diners who want to choose the healthiest options on the menu.
Harold Goldstein: “When you walk into a restaurant and you order something, you have no idea how large the portion is, you have no idea what the contents of the food is. For example, how many people would know that a large chocolate shake at McDonald’s has more calories than two Big Macs, a large chocolate shake has more calories than most people eat in a whole day, 1,160 calories? People just don’t know that if the information’s not right there, available for them to see.”

Goldstein said that in New York City, where a similar law has been in effect for more than a year, some restaurants have reworked their dishes to taste good with lower salt, fat, and calorie content.