View Poll Results: will new food labeling change or help your food picks??

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  • yes, it's much clearer, i'll be able to watch my nutrition easily

    7 16.28%
  • yes: previously i hadn't looked at food labels

    1 2.33%
  • no - I don't care what the label says, it doesn't influence my diet

    10 23.26%
  • no: I already look at food labels, and this isn't going to change my diet

    27 62.79%
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    For some people that is a serving, which is why "serving size" should not even be on a "Nutrition Facts" label. The fact of the matter is that serving sizes are solely at the discretion of the server.
    Good point.

    Nutrition facts should be per container or, in the case of bulk or large volume items, by weight/volume measurement.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Labels are helpful to some extent but nothing replaces common sense. IMHO more important than the labels are the ingredients listed in any product. Common sense tells you the closest to the natural state of a food item the better. A good example is margarine versus butter. Butter is natural and the ingredients in margarine are equivalent to plastic fat. Natural cheese over processed cheese food. Unbleached flour over bleached. Natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup) over refined sugars that have many names. If I had to pick the worst culprit it would be refined sugar as it is in just about every processed food. We have a nation full of sugarholics and they get addicted at a very young age. Moms and Dad both work these days so junior gets a bowl of sugary cereal or a Pop tart for breakfast out of convenience. In his lunch box a PB&J sandwich (peanut butter/jelly can have high levels of sugar smeared on bread made of bleached flour that has little nutritional value and converts to sugar). Or maybe one of those pre-packaged Lunchables full of processed food with high sugar, sodium and fat content and a pre-packaged juice box (more sugar) to wash it all down. For convenience since mom/dad just put a full day in at work, a run through the drive thru for fast food is on the menu for dinner. It's a proven fact that sugar affects a child's behavior in a bad way and by the time they are teens more and more are facing serious health issues because of it. The less refined sugar you allow your children, the more they appreciate the natural sweetness in fruits and vegetables. Most children are not big fans of vegetables unless they are potatoes and corn (sugar). Getting them to eat anything green can be a real challenge. You have to get creative. You make chili with V8 juice, puree spinach or any green veggie and mix it in the meatloaf.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    They are geared for the government to deceive the people.

    For some people 1 can is not a serving. A serving is less or more than that. Therefore it is a ****ing lie to represent that as a "Nutrition Fact".
    If the serving size is not defined, then the calorie count is meaningless.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by vesper View Post
    Labels are helpful to some extent but nothing replaces common sense. IMHO more important than the labels are the ingredients listed in any product. Common sense tells you the closest to the natural state of a food item the better. A good example is margarine versus butter. Butter is natural and the ingredients in margarine are equivalent to plastic fat. Natural cheese over processed cheese food. Unbleached flour over bleached. Natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup) over refined sugars that have many names. If I had to pick the worst culprit it would be refined sugar as it is in just about every processed food. We have a nation full of sugarholics and they get addicted at a very young age. Moms and Dad both work these days so junior gets a bowl of sugary cereal or a Pop tart for breakfast out of convenience. In his lunch box a PB&J sandwich (peanut butter/jelly can have high levels of sugar smeared on bread made of bleached flour that has little nutritional value and converts to sugar). Or maybe one of those pre-packaged Lunchables full of processed food with high sugar, sodium and fat content and a pre-packaged juice box (more sugar) to wash it all down. For convenience since mom/dad just put a full day in at work, a run through the drive thru for fast food is on the menu for dinner. It's a proven fact that sugar affects a child's behavior in a bad way and by the time they are teens more and more are facing serious health issues because of it. The less refined sugar you allow your children, the more they appreciate the natural sweetness in fruits and vegetables. Most children are not big fans of vegetables unless they are potatoes and corn (sugar). Getting them to eat anything green can be a real challenge. You have to get creative. You make chili with V8 juice, puree spinach or any green veggie and mix it in the meatloaf.
    Greetings, Vesper.

    One of my daughters has a Masters in Nutrition, and I feel like I have just had a chat with her, just by reading your post! She lives in Texas, unfortunately, but she is one of the best cooks I have ever met. I'm told that I am also a great cook, but I have had to ask her for recipes, because what she cooks just tastes soooo good! You're never too old to learn, I guess!

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    Greetings, Vesper.

    One of my daughters has a Masters in Nutrition, and I feel like I have just had a chat with her, just by reading your post! She lives in Texas, unfortunately, but she is one of the best cooks I have ever met. I'm told that I am also a great cook, but I have had to ask her for recipes, because what she cooks just tastes soooo good! You're never too old to learn, I guess!
    Thank you Polgara. When I became responsible for little ones, nutritional values of foods became very important to me because I wanted them to grow up as healthy as possible. It meant getting up a half an hour earlier to prepare a good breakfast and prep food the night before to pack a good lunch. Those years I worked, my days off would be spent preparing meals ahead of time and became the master of the crockpot to avoid fast food. When I got married I could not cook. That was something I had to first learn. My poor husband lost weight ( that he didn't need to lose) the first year we were married because my cooking was so bad. But that changed. All of the effort has been well worth it

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    If the serving size is not defined, then the calorie count is meaningless.
    Of course it is meaningful, especially if someone is trying to keep track of their calories. Explain why you think it would be meaningless?

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    If the serving size is not defined, then the calorie count is meaningless.
    Sometimes even then it is basically meaningless. Labeling a 20 oz. soda as being 2.5 servings, or a 12 oz. soda as 1.5 servings, is just plain silly. Other servings are described by weight, e.g. breakfast cereal; under that scheme, plain corn flakes and sugar frosted flakes have the same calories per serving. People put cereal in a bowl based on volume, not weight, so the fact that sugar weighs more than corn flakes not considered at all.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I already read labels, and pretty much know what's in what (for the most part).

    I don't think these changes will affect many people's habits, though as a matter of general policy I am all for the providing of information.
    The problem is that the labels have so much government mandated disinformation on them.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Except when I'm lazy, which really isn't all that often, I eat very little processed food so it makes little difference to me.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Yeah, I already look at the food labels. Mainly for the calorie count, but it's nice to know the other stuff as well.

    Though, I agree with this law. Simpler labels will help people make better choices.
    Even if they don't make better choices, the right to do so with the best possible information should be available.
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