Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Happy Meal Ban bans the toys in fast food meals

In a measure that had been first introduced in Oct and voted on today, the so-called “Happy Meal ban” has been passed. This San Francisco measure limits which meals can contain a free toy. Bay Area is not the first place to enact a Ban like this. In Santa Clara County, a similar Ban was passed a couple of months ago.

Ban on Happy Meals due to the fat that is so high

The San Francisco's board of supervisors passed the "Happy Meal Ban" on Tues. They were considering the nutritional content of a meal when doing this. Restaurants cannot put toys in meals. This is only for some meals though. Offering a toy is only allowed with a meal that has 600 calories or less. This will include the drink in it. Less than 35 percent of the calories within the meal can come from fat, as well. The meal must have vegetables in it too. There has to be a half cup. In short, in order to offer a free toy, a restaurant has to have a meal that follows basic good nutrition.

Happy Meal Ban does not really Ban meals

It isn't true even though the "Happy Meal Ban" is just a Healthy Meal Motivation. There is just one thing that is involved in the Healthy Meal Incentive. Meals with high fat and high sugar cannot have a toy offered with them. Opponents of the measure come down on two very distinct sides of the debate. The toy being removed from the meal is a bad thing for business some say. It makes consumer choice impossible. Others argue that parents who can’t say no to their children and help their children make good nutritional choices need education, not legislation. There was a large majority that passed the city legislation though.

Healthy Meal Incentive Act a trend that is occurring

The Healthy Meal Motivation legislation wasn't the first of its kind. Cities have tried to control what is eaten before. Trans-fats in restaurants were restricted in NY City in 2006. After that ban was passed, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, Arby’s, Applebee’s, Cheesecake Factory and thousands of other restaurants quit using trans fats. Crisco shortening had been redone also. Trans-fats are no longer in it. Do you think there should not be bans like this, or will the Healthy Meal Motivation Act be a good thing for limiting the food we eat?

Citations

BanTransFats.com

bantransfats.com/transfatnews.html

LA Times

articles.latimes.com/2010/apr/28/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20100428



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