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How to Stay Healthy: Read Nutrition Labels

March 2, 2014
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nutrition labelsThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing a new nutrition label. If approved, it will be on food products in the United States.

What is on the new label?

Calorie counts will be in larger, bolder print than other facts.

Added Sugars, whether they come from corn syrup, honey, sucrose or any other source, will be shown.

Serving sizes will reflect portions typically eaten by people. There will be bigger per-serving sizes on many products.

“Calories from fat” will be gone, while total fat, saturated and trans fats remain.

Labels will list vitamin D and potassium instead of vitamins A and C, reflecting changing concerns about common deficiencies in American diets.

The label will replace FDA labels created more than 20 years ago. They reflect changes in the American diet. Portion sizes are bigger now than they were in the past. Experts say this has contributed to increased number of people who are overweight or obese.

Another recent study said children between ages 2 to 5 are not as obese as they were ten years ago. About 8 percent of them were obese in 2012, down from 14 percent in 2004.

Today, one in 12 young children is obese. Rates for blacks (one in nine) and Hispanics (one in six) are much higher.

A study said 42 percent of adults use the labels for nutrition. A much higher percent would be good news for children as well as adults.

Source: USA Today                                                                                                                                                                                      February 27, 2014

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