How The Healthcare Bill Will Make Calories More Clear-Cut

Now that the much-debated healthcare reform bill has been signed into law, many people are wondering how it will affect them. Although the impact will go unnoticed by many, at least for a while, there's one change that will stare you in the face every time you dine at a restaurant chain or snack at a vending machine.

After the FDA writes up the rules, which will take up to a year, all restaurants with 20 locations or more will be required to clearly post the calorie counts of every item on their menu-on their menu. Currently, most restaurants practically hide their nutritional information, making customers go out of their way to learn just how fattening their food is. However, once this new industry-approved law is put into place, you'll see the numbers on menus and menu boards, including the ones in the drive-thru.

Finding the calorie count of vending machine snacks will be easier, too, when the FDA will require more obvious information on the packaging.

This law follows in the footsteps of forward-thinking local laws, like that of New York City and Seattle, which have required restaurants to display their calorie counts for over a year.