How to look for calorie, nutrition information

You might have noticed calorie information on some menus or menu boards, or you may have seen nutrition information on restaurant websites or on phone apps. This information below can help you make informed and healthy decisions on meal and snack choices to get the right number of calories for you and your family each day. 

Where will I see calorie information? Calories are listed next to the name or price of the food or beverage on menus and menu boards, including drive-thru windows, and may be at the following types of chains:

• Chain restaurants

• Chain coffee shops

• Bakeries

• Ice cream shops

• Self-service food locations, such as buffets and salad bars

• Movie theaters

• Amusement parks

• Grocery/convenience stores

Where will I NOT see calorie information?

•Foods sold at deli counters and typically intended for further preparation

• Foods purchased in bulk in grocery stores, such as loaves of bread from the bakery section

• Bottles of liquor displayed behind a bar

•Food in transportation vehicles, such as food trucks, airplanes, and trains

• Food on menus in elementary, middle, and high schools that are part of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National School Lunch Program

• Restaurants and other establishments that are not part of a chain of 20 or more

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(Shakera Williams, M.P.H. is Assistant Nutrition Extension Agent- FCS for Webster/Claiborne parishes. Contact her at (318) 371-1371.)