Friday, April 4, 2008

Ohhhhh I'm Mad a Shoney's

Cute little bear, eh, well I'm angry at Shoney's today, so he's not so cute to me. I ate lunch today at Shoney's with my family, one of our favorite places to eat, they give us a nice table in the back and don't look at us funny when we have 40 kids and twice that many plates. Well today I went, I've already said today that I was struggling with eating out, trying to make good decisions. Well when I got there before the rest of my crew arrived, I asked for a list of their nutritional facts. I was under the impression that these facts were required by law to be in the store.

Just so you know that is not the case. They did not in fact have a list of their nutrition facts. Well, be technologically savvy as I think I am I got on my blackberry to their website to look them up there. Nothing. Actually when I went to the menu options for the restaurant it says, UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

Ok, So after I got this wonderful message I was really hot. I had no idea what to eat and no guidance. It got me to thinking. I remember hearing (never tried to find the info on my own) that chain restaurants were required BY LAW to have the nutrition fact. They don't. When I got back to work after my lunch I did some research and this is what I found.

According to this bill never passed. The plan was called the MEAL ACT.

H.R. 5563 [109th]: MEAL Act
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
to extend the food labeling requirements of the Nutrition Labeling and Education
Act of 1990 to enable customers to make informed choices about the nutritional
content of standard menu items in large chain restaurants.

This bill never became law. This bill was proposed in a previous session of Congress. Sessions of Congress last two years, and at the end of each session all proposed bills and resolutions that haven't passed are cleared from the books.

So for all of you that thought they were required to have it, think again. Most fast food restaurants have nutrition facts online, but not Shoney's. I just thought this might be interesting to some of you and the other that don't care thanks for listening to me vent about it. I will know in the future to take my lunch with me when we go to Shoney's. I pretty sure I know what the nutrition facts are for Diet Coke which will be all I order there from now on.


Anonymous said...

Shoney's definately isn't the only "casual dining" restaurant that doesn't have any nutritional facts!! But they do offer more healthier choices then some.... like that salad buffet with the fruit is awesome. Its all about what you choose to eat there!! And with that buffet you have the choice to eat healthy!!

Emily said...

Thank you for the comment and for reading my blog. I am aware that Shoney's is not the only place that does not provide nutritional facts, but that is where I was eating today...And I did make good decisions while I was there. I didn't decide that because there were no nutritional facts that I would eat whatever I wanted. I use this blog to talk about my diet and excersice program and to vent about thing that make me angry. I also said that I thought that people shouldnt wear spandix...but I am aware that that will probally never change. ~emily

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