Last month Time magazine ran an article on calorie-conscious menus – likely coming soon to a restaurant near you! This follows from the recent bipartisan agreement in the Senate to include a federal menu-labeling law as part of the upcoming health-care reforms. The restaurant industry is supporting this rather than have different regulatory regimes across the nation. A study published in the May issue of American Journal of Public Health shows that if people are aware of the caloric value of their food choices, they tend to select items with fewer calories. It is encouraging that some food chains are already tweaking ingredients in high-cal items to make their counts less scary. However it is anticipated that over time customers will stop even noticing this information. The best bet is still to prepare food yourself with least processing from the best fresh food you can afford – then you know what went into it, and your conscience will tell you if you are out of line and your waistline is under threat!