ONALASKA, WI (WXOW)—McDonalds will list calorie information on restaurant menus; in Onalaska, McDonalds is the first locally to have that information available.
"In moderation all food fits so it's important for customers to know on a daily basis what some of their favorite foods they're eating at McDonalds really consist of with the caloric value," Kristina Schoh, Community Relations Manager, Courtesy Corporation McDonalds said.
John Pintore saw the updated menu for the first time on Friday.
"It shortens the process," Pintore said. "When I first walk in to what I'm actually going to eat looking at the different menus what they have up there."
Schoh said the calorie count is about helping customers make informed decisions.
"It's really going to make the decision process easier for customers and its just one more opportunity where we have that nutrition information available," Schoh said.
Besides the nutrition information being posted on their new menu, McDonalds also has it in pamphlets over by the soda fountain and on the backs of some of their boxes.
"This shows how you can have balanced choices that are controlled in calories and fat," Gina Dolenti, Certified Dietician, Gundersen Lutheran said.
Dolenti said it's up to customers to know how many calories they're supposed to have and balance those calories through out their day.
On average an adult needs between 2000 and 2500 calories per day.
"It is possible to eat healthy anywhere you go," Dolenti said. "Not all choices are the best, but as long as you are making choices in moderation and are aware of how many calories you're consuming and how many calories you need daily then it is possible to have certain foods in moderation."
McDonalds believes more restaurants will follow their lead; so whether you're craving a Big Mac or a salad your decision just got easier.
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