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Nitpicky Nutritionals

Credit: Dan4th

Fighting the seemingly never-ending battle against obesity, the Food and Drug Administration now wants food packaging to include nutritional information on the front of food packaging. (I guess it’s just too well hidden all the way on the back?) But the FDA thinks the bigger problem is that serving sizes don’t line up with how Americans really eat, so it plans to re-evaluate serving sizes so consumers know what they’re really getting. Until this happens, do the math yourself. If a serving size is half a muffin and you eat the whole thing? Double the calorie count so you know what you’re getting. However, those of us who need a calculator to do basic math won’t complain about the FDA putting all that sneaky info front and center!

Oh, oh, portion control.

Erin

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3 Comments
  1. Sagan says:

    YAY I’m glad that they’re going to adjust the way that the nutrition label looks. It will help the consumer and be far less deceiving. But I still feel that this is just the first step… we’ve got a long way to go to make these foods HEALTHY.

  2. Good for them! A step in the right direction, for sure.

  3. RedPanda says:

    I can’t remember where I read about this, but apparently the portion sizes on nutrition labels are drawn from testing which was done in the lab. So if your muesli bar weighs 140g, but the nutritional panel is for 100g, that’s because 100g portions were analysed in the lab. That makes sense, but there’s no reason why the manufacturer couldn’t get out their pocket calculator and give consumers the nutrition data for the 140g product.

    But as Sagan says, whether said muesli bar is as healthy as it sounds is a whole other issue.