The question of the week is written by Stacey Shipman, founder of Healthy South Shore.
I spent the past few days visiting family in southern California. When eating out, I noticed calorie counts on the menus. I never thought seeing the number of calories listed on a menu would deter me from ordering a specific food item.
To my surprise it did. The egg, cheese and ham breakfast croissant perked me up until I noticed the calorie count: 1200+ calories. I immediately searched for an alternative and settled in on the oatmeal with fresh berries and wheat toast. A far cry from the original croissant at only 400+ calories. Without the printed calorie counts I most likely would have ordered the croissant. (Note: the oatmeal truly was delicious!)
This experience, especially since I was a skeptic about the benefits of printing calorie counts, provides the inspiration for this week’s question:
Do calorie counts printed on a menu deter you from ordering a specific food item?
I’d love to know your thoughts, whether you’ve experienced this and how you responded. Care to share in the comments?