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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Thread: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    There's a law that food labels have to lie? Really?
    Yes. That needs to be changed. See the above post for just one example.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    For starters, if something is not a fact then it should not be on a "Nutrition Facts" label. Plain and simple. Not being lied to by having opinions misrepresented as facts seems reasonable and prudent to me.

    Macronutrients: If you calulate the %DV of macronutrients in the nutrition opinion that the Feds require on the "Nutrition Facts" label, you'll see that what they are doing is promoting a diet that is 18% protein, 29% fat and 53% carbohydrates. And while that ratio of macronutrients may be fine for some people it may be disaterous for others. Actually, a diet that heavy on carbs is likely to make many people obese.

    Last time I checked my dietary macronutrient ratio was 23% protein, 41% fat, and 36% carbohydrates. And according to the doc I'm in excellent physical condition. So that ratio is obviously working very well for me.

    That %DV opinion should be taken off of the Nutrition Facts label and be replaced with the actual ratio of macronutrients in the product. You know, replace opinion with the actual facts.

    Same thing with the micronutrients. Get rid of the opinions and replace it with the actual facts.

    Also, the ingredients list needs to be complete and specific. For example, when a product contains vegetable oil the manufacturer should be required to say what kind of vegetable oil.

    The Tostitos Scoops I'm using to scoop up some chili right now are labeled thus...

    Ingredients: Corn, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola and/or Sunflower oil), and Salt.

    I think consumers (and researchers) should have the right to know what kind of oil was used to make these tortilla chips. Is it Canola oil? Or is it Sunflower oil? Or Both? I'd like to know because I'm not so convinced that Canola oil is all that fit for human consumption. That's why I'd like to know. And the label being so vague is also a hindrance to research regarding the long-term health effects of Canola oil on humans.

    And no more letting manufacturers weasel out of making the ingredients list complete and specific by just using the blanket terms "natural flavors" or "artificial flavors". That should stop too. They should be required to list exactly what those ingredients are.


    And another good change would be a requirement that the Nutrition Facts label provide the glycemic index of the product. This would be especially helpful to people like pbrauer who are suffering from diabetes or others who are struggling to control their blood sugar levels.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    I like the mandatory potassium amount included.

    Sodium is a huge problem for those with high blood pressure (which is many Americans and growing) - and the natural way to negate sodium is with potassium at a 2:1 ratio (2 mg potassium cancels out 1 mg of sodium).

    So now Americans will have a better knowledge of their food and how to moderate it...especially those with high blood pressure.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    I like the mandatory potassium amount included.

    Sodium is a huge problem for those with high blood pressure (which is many Americans and growing) - and the natural way to negate sodium is with potassium at a 2:1 ratio (2 mg potassium cancels out 1 mg of sodium).

    So now Americans will have a better knowledge of their food and how to moderate it...especially those with high blood pressure.
    If sodium to potassium ratio is a concern of your's then you shouldn't be praising these changes.

    Currently the milligrams of potassium are listed on the next line below the milligrams of sodium. So it is easy to make a comparison. The way the Obama administration is changing it, the milligrams of potassium will no longer be listed at all.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    Since my wife is diabetic I decided to pursue this a little and from what I've read the glycemic index is so widely variable, not only from person to person and food to food but even within a specific food type, that any value assigned would be not just a little but woefully inaccurate. After your rant against %DV it's seems a little - uh - ODD that you would even consider such a thing.
    If what you say is the case, then you may have a point.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    If sodium to potassium ratio is a concern of your's then you shouldn't be praising these changes.

    Currently the milligrams of potassium are listed on the next line below the milligrams of sodium. So it is easy to make a comparison. The way the Obama administration is changing it, the milligrams of potassium will no longer be listed at all.
    Did you even read the article?

    From the above linked article:

    'The food label revisions will also include mandatory potassium and vitamin D amounts.'

    They do not do that on every label now.


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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    We need a checkbox for "i tell myself I wouldn't be affected by something that seems so trivial, but the reality is that these kinds of things do affect some peoples' decisions even without their being aware of it."
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