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McDonald's To Post Calorie Counts Nationwide

By Samantha Abernethy in Food on Sep 12, 2012 8:30PM

Starting Monday, McDonald's will post calorie counts on its menu boards nationwide. "It's the right thing to do," Greg Watson, senior vice president of menu innovation, told USA Today. "It's what a leader would do." Well, that sounds nice, but the fast food goliath might also be posting the nutritional information because the Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration's health care overhaul, including a provision that restaurant chains post calorie information.

Or McDonald's might also be making the move because it won't affect their bottomline, anyway. Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA, told the AP that the company wants to do it "voluntarily" because "it will help educate customers," but customer choices haven't changed in places like New York, where calorie counts are already required. "When it's all said and done, the menu mix doesn't change," Fields said. "But I do think people feel better knowing this information."