Word on the Street: Vending machines to display calorie information

Calorie information will soon be displayed on millions of vending machines nationwide.

Calorie information will soon be displayed on millions of vending machines nationwide. (12/30/13)

THE BRONX - Calorie counting is expanding to about five million vending machines around the country.

Calorie information will soon be displayed on vending machines as part of President Barack Obama's new health care overhaul, affecting nearly 11,000 companies.

The FDA says it will help consumers make healthier snack choices, but those choices could come at a price for some. It's estimated to cost vending machine companies $25.8 million upfront, and $24 million the following years.

Many News 12 viewers think the change will help prevent people from overeating on high-calorie fast foods, but others don't see it making much of a difference.
 

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