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Vending Machines to Post Calorie Counts Starting This Year
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on January 01, 2014 @ 9:47PM
Created on January 01, 2014 @ 4:52PM

As of Wednesday, about 5 million vending machines will post calorie counts, and it's all aimed at helping you make smarter food choices.

But the question is, will it work? The idea is part of the Affordable Care Act is to give "snackers" a better idea of the nutritional content of the food. Local health officials believe this move can only help people reach those healthy goals this year.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, these labeling requirements will help people make healthier snack choices. But critics of these laws have already started pointing out that the calorie counts don't actually make a difference when it comes to decision making.

But local health officials say when you're able to see how many calories you're consuming, many will choose the healthier option. "Studies have shown that individuals who track their calorie intake loose far more weight than individuals that just play it by ear. So this allows individuals, just like when they go to a fast food restaurant where now you see a lot of numbers published, this now allows them to make the same sort of educated choices at the vending machine," said Dr. Greg Bradley- Popovich, Director of Operations at the Diet Doc Facility in Clarksburg.

Companies will have a few options for how they can post calorie counts. They can either stick signs to the machines or even opt for a digital display.

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Jan 02, 2014 at 7:17 AM
Yet another totally stupid liberal idea. No jobs; national debt problems; state debt problems; road problems; etc...and THIS is what democrats come up with? The state and the nation needs a huge overhaul next election! We need more adults not children in the WH and congress.

For dems: FYI; calorie count is already on the packaging. Duh!!!
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