Menu Labeling

Menu Labeling

  • Menu labeling is the posting of calories on menus and menu boards.
  • Other nutrition information like sodium, fat and cholesterol is available if someone asks for it.
  • Having this information can make it easier for people to make healthier choices when they eat out at restaurants.

You can do it!

  • Learning about what foods are better for your body and choosing these foods more often can help keep you healthy.
  • Find out more about menu labeling and how this information can help you make healthier choices.

Q and A

Why is menu labeling information important?

Nutritional information of food can be useful for many people.  For example, some people have been told by their doctor that they need to have low sodium or low cholesterol foods.  Other people may be trying to lose weight and want to know the calories or fat content of the foods they eat.  This information is on most of the foods and drinks we buy from the store, but until recently it was not available at the restaurants where we eat.

Is menu labeling at all restaurants?

Large chain restaurants will be required to provided nutritional information as part of the Health Care Reform Act.  Some chain restaurants already have nutrition information available, and others will be required to provide it when the Act takes effect.

I don't understand the information on the food label.  Where can I learn more about this?

Visit the Food and Drug Administration website to learn more about food labels and how to understand them.     |    775-328-6160