Tackling Food Labels

Understanding food labels can be difficultIts required for all food items at the local grocery store to have a food label on them. This food label needs to tell basic health and nutrient information along with what ingredients went into the making of it. The trouble is, these food labels can be hard to read if you don’t know what to look for or what some of the complicated ingredient names actually mean.

The FDA and Food labels

Right now the FDA is looking back at two terms that frequent food labels. These are ‘healthy’ and ‘natural’. The definitions that have been previously assigned to these terms is becoming out of date and needs to be reexamined.  While in the past products could be labeled as such if they contained certain ingredients, other aspects could be ignored.

These terms will now be looked at along with the federal dietary guidelines to determine if something should be labeled as healthy. Some healthy ingredients doesn’t mean that the whole product is healthy. Fat, calories, and sugar content should also be examined.

Whole grains is another thing that will be addressed. Their is no definition to what it is but it is healthier on the body then the refined grains that are typically found in food products.

Changing Food Labels

Changing food labels would allow consumers to make better, more accurate decisions for their health. In 2018 some positive changes will be coming to the packages at the grocery store. Serving sizes will actually be realistic now and sugar content will have to be detailed on food labels.

If you were hoping to see some changes to how genetically modified foods (GMOs) are presented you have a few more years to wait. Right now regulations are being created that will address the problem of labeling in the next few years.