Label Fables to End–at Least for Sugar

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing the Nutrition Facts label distinguish between intrinsic (naturally present) sugars and added sugars. This is a giant leap forward for consumers, helping them more clearly understand how much sugar is added to the food. When the proposal becomes law, labels will list the grams of added sugar (4 grams…

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Words Matter When Choosing Foods

Seventy college students were presented with the same popcorn labeled as either "healthy," "unhealthy," or "nourishing." Each was asked to order as much popcorn as  needed to not be hungry until the next meal. Students ordered and ate more of the "healthy" popcorn compared with those who ordered the "unhealthy." Those who choose the "nourishing" popcorn…

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Food Labeling Tricks

Did you resolve to eat a healthier diet this year? That means that you are going to choose better foods, right? Simply reading food labels might prompt you to buy some items that really aren't good for you. It is important to understand the finer points of food labeling guidelines to avoid making poor choices.…

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How Food Label Savvy Are You?

A national survey (NHANES) has found that only 61.5% of Americans regularly look at the Nutrition Facts panel on the food items they purchase. The numbers are worse for other label information: 51.6% check the ingredients label, 47.2% examine the serving size, and 43.8% consider the health claims when deciding on a food purchase. Significantly…

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