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Nutrition Label

The Latest Attempt to Help You Eat Better: Will It Work?

Ann Dunaway Teh | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Ann Dunaway Teh

Is basing serving sizes on what people actually eat the right decision in light of current rates of obesity and chronic disease? Or will it only further confuse consumers on what is an appropriate serving size, adding to the education burden that already exists?

FDA Proposes Larger -- More Realistic -- Serving Sizes for Food Labels

Dr. Lisa Young | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lisa Young

The FDA is proposing to change the standard serving sizes to reflect what people actually eat. The FDA defines the current serving sizes as amounts of foods commonly consumed based on dietary intake surveys conducted in the 1970s and 1980s.

Nutrition Label 2.0: Bigger, Bolder, Better

Andy Bellatti | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

These changes are undoubtedly a victory for health advocates. As First Lady Michelle Obama put it: "This is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country." They could also create a crisis for the food industry.

How To Read A Nutrition Label

Heather Bauer, RD, CDN | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Heather Bauer, RD, CDN

It can be confusing and daunting at first, but familiarizing yourself with the nutrition content of the food you're putting into your body will help you really learn about different nutrients and encourage you to make better choices.

9 Food Label Fails

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 11.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

Nutrition labels should be clear, honest, and informative -- and reading one shouldn't require the skills of an NSA code-breaker. But too often, companies try to trick people into buying foods that aren't as healthy as the labels pretend.

LOOK: How To Read A Food Label

Posted 06.24.2013 | Healthy Living

Overwhelmed by all those hard-to-pronounce words on the ingredient list? You're not alone. "The Nutrition Facts panel is experts-only stuff, usefu...

Healthwashing With a Green Label

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

As the FDA and other government organizations continue to debate front of label systems, a new study suggests design and color deserve as much attention as the nutrition information itself if we are to really help consumers reach informed food choices.

5 Ways to Make Nutrition Labeling More Effective

Meghan Hall | Posted 04.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Meghan Hall

Thanks to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, we as consumers have easy access to the nutritional information for most of the foods we can purchase in a grocery store. As they say, information is power -- but that power is weakened by several flaws in our labeling system.

Deciphering A Food Label: The 411

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.29.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Have you looked carefully at a nutrition label recently? They're packed with useful -- but sometimes confusing -- information.

The Best Way To Judge The Nutritional Value Of Foods

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

A breakfast cereal may well be a source of vitamins and minerals because those are added to the mix, but be made primarily from sugar.

7 Tips To Keep Your Children Healthy At School

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

We can't blame our children for wanting to hit the vending machines, but we can take action and help put and keep our children on the healthy path! Seven tips to keep your child healthy.

Michelle Obama and Twinkies

Steve Ettlinger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Steve Ettlinger

Michelle Obama is reluctant to declare Twinkies toxic and I don't disagree. I played detective and tracked down the origins and manufacturing of each of the 39 (yes, 39!) ingredients on the Twinkies ingredient label.