Keep It Simple

Following up on food and beverage industry requests for a nutritional labeling symbol that consumers can more easily understand than the current system, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration held meetings this week to gather feedback on a proposed program that would resemble the red/green/yellow 'traffic light' system currently used in the United Kingdom. Health and advocacy groups, medical experts and industry representatives were invited to share their ideas on how such a symbol would communicate nutritional facts at a glance. Actual implementation of this system was said to be years away.

The Bigger Picture. Although there is already a Nutrition Facts panel on every package of food, the industry wants to modify manufacturer labeling so that claims of a product being 'low fat' or 'a good source of calcium' can be measured against competitively priced alternatives. Here's another idea: Spend these resources on teaching consumers how to interpret Nutrition Facts panels. The more you know about what you're eating, the easier it is to make nutrition choices. That will help you achieve your personal goals that much faster.
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