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Monday, May 26, 2008

Nannies at McDonald's

Another victory for the nanny state as the California State Senate passes SB 1420 requiring fast food restaurants to post nutritional information for all items on their menus.

Though studies show that posting this information could cut down on obesity and I'm all for the restaurants providing this information (many do already on a voluntary basis) once again I have to ask do we need government to take care of us?

Oh - and by the way this bill isn't from the usual nanny source of course but Senator Alex Padilla.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alex Padilla, huh? This won't surprise anyone.

Each person emanating from the LA City Council thinks they know what's good for us.

As Villaraigosa said, "I love you each, I love you all," for electing these idiots.

Don't like it? Stop electing them!

May 26, 2008 8:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

The calorie count needs to be given to Jan Perry and (former Councilmember) Mike Hernandez, but not most of us.

Padilla looks like he could make some better dietary choices himself.

May 26, 2008 8:50 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, I was on vacation in another state, and ate at a (non health food) restaurant that posted calorie counts and found them very useful in terms of making my choice. I don't think it ever hurts consumers to have more information, especially when it comes to health.

May 26, 2008 9:52 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

9:52 that's great and I agree. As one who is working to lose weight and needs this information I appreciate and will patronize those restaurants that provide it (most do).

No matter how well meaning or useful however, it is not something that should come about via government fiat.

May 26, 2008 10:15 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Much as I hate Padilla (whose parents run a grease joint in East L A, by the way), I think this is a good idea. Calories, fat content, cholesterol and such are too often counter-intuititve: you think the Chicken sandwich is healthier than the Big Mac, but it's not; you think a grilled fajita wrap is healthier than a burger choice, but it's not...
Worst, those pasta and cheesy things which can have 3000 calories of unsaturated fats.

These dishes often are things no one would make at home.

May 26, 2008 11:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is useful information and needs to be made mandatory and I always read the nutrition information on the grocery items before I purchase and now I can do the
Same with menus.

May 27, 2008 12:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations to Alex Padilla. He doesn't say, "Buyer, Beware." He says, "Consumer, be informed."

May 27, 2008 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There would still be an allowable amount of mealworms in hamburgers if there were no government intervention in consumer products. It's the painful truth.

May 27, 2008 5:24 PM  

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