Nutrition labels set for major overhaul

  • metta

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    Feb 25, 2014 7:03 AM GMT
    Nutrition labels set for major overhaul

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/new-nutrition-labels-103894.html
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    Feb 26, 2014 4:18 AM GMT
    It'd sure simplify things if there could be a uniform, universal serving size, i.e....8 ounces?
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    Feb 26, 2014 5:32 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidIt'd sure simplify things if there could be a uniform, universal serving size, i.e....8 ounces?


    8oz of popcorn vs 8oz of cheese is quite different. I think listing added sugars is a step in the right direction of knowing what's in the food we consume.

    As far as serving sizes are people that incapable of doing math? For the bag of M&Ms you simply multiply it by 2. Maybe some people only eat 1/2 a bag or make it their aim to eat half a bag.
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    Feb 26, 2014 6:08 AM GMT
    YourName2000 said
    AnOriginal saidAs far as serving sizes are people that incapable of doing math? For the bag of M&Ms you simply multiply it by 2. Maybe some people only eat 1/2 a bag or make it their aim to eat half a bag.

    That's sure not the case up here...everything is in mL. We get things like "serving size 227mL" in a 398mL container (and plenty of stranger combinations). It's a PITA. I like either whole container labels or 100mL, then the math is easier (for me) to do in my head, lol.


    That would be a pain. If you really wanted to you could get a food scale if you're counting calories and macros.
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    Feb 26, 2014 11:40 AM GMT
    YourName2000 saidWhat would be really cool is if the FDA ran a site that required everyone regulated by this to upload detailed nutritional information to it...instead of a corporate registry, or land registry, a food product registry. Add an app to that, and most people won't need it in the stores, they can get it on their phones config'd with the info they want. And if the kids are eating a whole meal, have all the parts added together into a total.

    http://nutritiondata.self.com/ ...Is pretty good, and it seems most fast food (and food in general) is in there, but there's no requirement for a company to do so, and the stardards vary. Some products don't have some fields filled out, so the summaries are inaccurate. And the site seems to be in decline (and no app). But wow, do I love the level of detail they were going for:

    http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1934/2


    ^^^ THIS ^^^ Sort of.

    I think the info needs to be standardized a little better, but I think that a QR code on the label that points to a standardized database of nutritional information would be ideal.

    Scan it on your phone while you shop... integrate it into the new coupon/club card scanners I see more and more through out the stores for folks without smartphones (all 7 of you, haha). hell, you can even make it a check-out option and get printouts of labels just like bonus coupons.

    It could work!
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    Feb 26, 2014 1:37 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidThis isn't going to do diddly squat. You think people who eat bags of candy, go to Pizza Hut or live on junk are going to be influenced by this? They are going to keep on doing what they do. Shovel in the garbage.


    I totally agree that people who are going to eat unhealthy aren't going to be affected by this at all. I do think way more people are paying attention to serving size, calories and sugar, especially people who are trying to lose weight or are on restricted diets. My sister started seeing a nutritionist a few years ago and she's lost 50 lbs by paying attention to labels and exercising. And my last two companies have had wellness programs where specialists did presentations on nutrition labels and people did seem to to eat way healthier.

    I think this helps parents to be better educated about what they are shoveling into their kids. Breakfast cereal is enemy number 1.