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#1 Old 04-18-2017, 05:59 PM
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USA's new nutrition labels taking effect

Packaged food products in the United States are beginning to display the new "Nutrition Facts" label (comparison below). Companies have until July 26th, 2018 to display the new label.

More information, from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA): https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceReg.../ucm385663.htm

It's been 20 years since the Nutrition Facts label was revised.

The new label strongly emphasizes Calorie content.

The new label now requires information on Added Sugars.

The new label requires information on vitamin D and potassium, and doesn't require information on vitamins A or C.

The new label also reflects the new recommendations for (1) slightly higher minimum fiber intake, (2) slightly higher fat intake, and (3) very slightly lower carbohydrate intake.

The FDA continues to support the American Heart Association's recommendations to minimize saturated fat and cholesterol intakes: https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scrip...urated_fat.pdf and https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scrip...holesterol.pdf


Commentary: I don't know how much of the public believes the FDA's nutrition recommendations. The FDA's recommendations seem to align pretty well with peer-reviewed nutrition studies, but people still prefer to believe bad-nutrition-purveyors like David Permutter (who encourages people to liberally consume beef, butter, and tallow) and Joe Mercola (whose website contains dozens of anti-vegetarian articles).



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#2 Old 04-19-2017, 09:19 AM
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Be helpful to vegans if the Vitamin D could be identified as D2 or D3.

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Thanks for the interesting information!
I wonder, why such a focus on the amount of calories? Do they assume it is the only thing most people will understand?
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#4 Old 04-20-2017, 11:43 AM
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Thanks for the interesting information!
I wonder, why such a focus on the amount of calories? Do they assume it is the only thing most people will understand?

FDA Commissioner Robert Califf made the following statement regarding the United States' new Nutrition Facts label:

“The updated label makes improvements to this valuable resource so consumers can make more informed food choices – one of the most important steps a person can take to reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity.” [italics mine]
Link: https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsr.../ucm502182.htm


I'm guessing that, by strongly emphasizing a food's calories, the FDA is hoping that the new Nutrition Facts label can help people to better control their calorie intake, and thereby address their obesity. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is associated with greater risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/adult/causes.html

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#5 Old 04-20-2017, 09:32 PM
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I'm a lot more interested in the World Health Organization than the FDA, but obviously this is happening because the average American doesn't ever read labels.

Case in point: huge Starbucks promo on something called a Unicorn Frappuccino had half of social media posting pictures and at least another 1/4 acting shocked over the fat and sugar content of this particular drink...when Starbucks Frappuccinos, unless made "light" or vegan or sugar-free have always had a grotesque amount of saturated fat and sugar due to being big huge desserts in a plastic cup. The fact that even the Starbucks crowd - not even the feeble minded McDonald's folk - are acting surprised is beyond my comprehension, but that's a good summary of what's wrong with America in a nutshell. Obliviousness on levels that might make a 19th century British aristocrat blush.

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