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Calories on the menu at Kentucky restaurants?

It could change the way you eat out.

Some legislation will be filed later this week, that if passed, would require Kentucky restaurants to post calorie information on their menus.

This is already the law in New York and New Jersey, along with the city of Philadelphia.

Representative Kelly Flood of Lexington says a similar law here would build on a nationwide trend to hold restaurants accountable. Flood says when eating out, consumers deserve the same type of information they'd get in the grocery store.

Local experts say more knowledge on a menu could be the first step toward a healthier lifestyle for many people.

Putting calories on the menu has been met with mixed reviews elsewhere.

Some restaurant owners say they don't want to remind customers of the calories they're eating. They want them to focus on the entire experience instead.

Many restaurants in the area already voluntarily post nutritional information.

The details of the Kentucky proposal will be announced Wednesday in Frankfort.


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