Obama Administration Calling for New Nutrition Labels

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Have you ever wished that the nutrition labels on the food that you eat were more clear? Well, you may be in luck. The Obama Administration, primarily the first lady Michelle Obama, is striving to make nutrition labels more easy to understand.

According to a politico.com article, the proposed changes will mean that the calories on cans or boxes of food will be displayed more visibly for eaters to see. Certain nutrients may also be dropped from the list of vitamins and minerals with daily value percentages.

Another possibly important change would be the serving size information. Many food items have serving sizes which are inaccurate of what normal people actually eat. The proposed change would update the serving size information to make eaters more understandable of how many calories they are actually eating.

Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, notes that updating the serving sizes would help eaters.

“A lot of foods that common sense dictates are a single serving size, like certain snacks and beverages, are listed as multiple servings.” Wootan wants labels to say one serving, “so people know what they’re eating.”

Even though many say this is a good idea, Regina Hildwine, senior director of science policy and labeling and standards at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, says it may effect the Food and Drug Administration’s expenses.

“Everyone in the industry is going to be effected. Everyone is going to have to change their labels,” she said. “It’s a very big deal. Its very expensive.”

This proposed change to the nutrition labels seems like a very good idea, but people always have differing opinions on a controversial topic like this. Time will only tell what the outcome is in this matter, though.

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