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Better East Texas: Fast food menus

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By Pat Stacey

Last week I visited a fast food restaurant that was recently constructed or remodeled that had electronic monitors displaying their menus.  Gone are the days of the sliding letters making up the meal names and prices and here now are a bank of H-D monitors showing product in beautiful living color.  The monitors give the operators flexibility to change prices and product easily by downloading file from a thumb drive.  But the menus also showed something that was un-nerving.  Right next to the picture and price was the calorie count for the product.  So there was my three-ninety-nine hamburger along with four-hundred and fifty calories.  It stopped me in my tracks and I had to review the entire menu and reconsider what I was ordering.  The display of calories for some fast food favorites will make you stop and shop and this is a practice that needs to be more prevalent on all foods.  I still ordered my favorite hamburger but I think I left a bite or two with the hope that I was eating a little healthier.  Either way, disclosing calories had a huge impact on me and I look forward to other restaurants following suit and posting their food's calorie count.  Perhaps this practice will help kids and families eat healthier as well and get all of us in the mindset of being conscious of the impact the foods we eat are having on our bodies.

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