Of course, knowledge may be power, but it isn’t willpower. There will always be people who see that a food contains an astronomical amount of calories, shrug, and wolf it down anyway. Nothing you put on a label will change that. But experts are optimistic that the proposed mandates will make manufacturers and restaurants sit up and take notice.
“It’s clear that being required to display nutrition information prominently will sensitize food companies and restaurants to the calorie content of their foods,” says Michael Jacobson, Ph.D., cofounder of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington, D.C.-based public advocacy group. “This will hopefully put pressure on them to cut calories and reformulate their products.”
Some companies already have. Retail giant Walmart recently announced its plan to slash the salt, sugar, and fat in its own brand of packaged foods over the next five years, making it the largest manufacturer to do so. If this trend continues, your waistline will benefit–no matter which cereal you choose.