McDonald's to add calorie counts to menu board, drive-thrus

September 12, 2012 Updated Sep 12, 2012 at 7:40 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS--  According to a news release issued Wednesday, McDonald's announced that its restaurants will now list calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus across the nation beginning next week.

“At McDonald’s, we recognize customers want to know more about the nutrition content of the food and beverages they order,” said McDonald's USA President Jan Fields. “As a company that has provided nutrition information for more than 30 years, we are pleased to add to the ways we make nutrition information available to our customers and employees.”

This comes ahead of a new US healthcare law that will require restaurant to clearly post calories and other nutritional information next year.

Ashley Simper, dietitian at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, says there has been mixed results from other restaurants that already list calories.

"I do think when people go out to eat, they like what they like and they know what they want, and they go for specific things," said Simper. "I always say, as a dietitian, that's fine in moderation. However, when you go out to eat a lot, it would be very helpful to have those calorie levels available to help you make a healthier choice."

Nationwide, more than 14,000 McDonalds restaurants and drive-thrus will take part in the calorie posting.

Read the McDonald's news release HERE.

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