Read the Fine Print Proposed FDA Food Label Makeover

In December law makers passed the school lunch health bill in an effort to healthify America, and food labels may be up next for a makeover.  The FDA is currently debating whether changes to the current labeling system would help consumers make healthy choices.  Among the suggested changes are clarifying and highlighting important parts of the label and removing unnecessary and misleading words.  The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you can become in using them as a tool to plan your balanced diet.

  • Red labeling for HIGH fats, sugars, sodium, & cholesterol
  • Ingredient list in regular type instead of all capital letters
  • Calorie and serving size information in larger type
  • Minor ingredients and allergens listed separately
  • Clarification on natural vs. added sugars
  • Add percentage of whole grains
  • List caffeine content
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