Color-coded restaurant menus may help more than calorie counts

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. (WIVB) — Those calorie counts on restaurant menus may not be enough for people looking to curb their diets.

Some researchers think it would be a good idea to start color-coding menu choices.

The team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine created what is being called a “calorie traffic light.” In the video above, a turkey club sandwich or chips would go into the “red light” zone.

The researchers already put it to the test. They found the calorie labeling system helped people cut their calories by 10 percent.

This is the first study to look at online menus. In May of next year, the FDA will start a mandate requiring calorie counts for restaurants, movie theaters, vending machines and food deliveries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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