FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – More of your favorite restaurants are publishing the amount of calories each food item has on their menus as of May 7.
While many have already been doing it for years, the move which is part of the Obama era Affordable Care Act is officially in affect.READ MORE: North Texas Woman Whose Unborn Child Could Not Be Saved Shares Personal Abortion Story
Fort Worth dietician with Portrait Health Center, Lauren Cambias said the change was needed.
“A significant number of people eat their meals outside of the home so they eat convenience meals and when they eat at convenience locations they may not often choose the most healthy options,” said Cambias.READ MORE: Texas Secretary of State’s Office Releases New Information On Audit of 2020 Election
She said the recommended daily calorie guidelines are still about 2,000 for men and 1,800 for women.
Not knowing how much an individual is consuming she says can lead to long term health problems.
“It would just be a chronic danger to someone’s health if they are constantly and consistently over consuming,” she said.MORE NEWS: Armed Woman Dies Following Allen Police Officer-Involved Shooting In Wendy's Parking
Other health experts say while this is a step in the right direction, they would also like to see more comprehensive information on food also disclosed like sodium and trans fats.