1,500 calories in a salad? New calorie posting rules will be eye-openers

December 3, 2014 11:55 PM

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It's not always easy for restaurant-goers to figure out which options are the least fattening. Some diners at a California Pizza Kitchen, for example, might order the Moroccan-spiced chicken salad rather than a pizza, unaware that the salad packs 1,500 calories — three-fourths of the recommended allowance of calories for the average adult in an entire day. Few people would guess that pretty much any pizza on the CPK menu has significantly fewer calories, or that the restaurant offers a different salad with chicken that contains about half as many.

But awareness will grow when new U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules, announced last week, take effect. The Affordable Care Act included a requirement that restaurant chains with 20 or more locations provide calorie counts on their menus. The regulations go beyond basic restaurant menu labeling;...

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