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 annata View Post
    Calorie counts would appear in larger, bolder type, and consumers would know for the first time whether foods have added sugars.

    Under the Obama administration's plan, labels would also feature more realistic descriptions of a serving.
    Under the plans, a 20oz (0.5kg) container of soda would count as one serving, rather than 2.5 servings, as it is currently.

    The serving size listed on ice cream cartons, currently half a cup, would increase to one cup.
    The food label revisions would also include mandatory potassium and vitamin D amounts.

    BBC News - Michelle Obama to promote plan for food label overhaul
    No way, I will eat what I want to eat when I want to eat it. To me all that stuff is just a waste of label space where a pretty picture could appear. Perhaps the only one in my family that might be effected would be my youngest daughter. But she doesn't pay any attention to the calorie count, only what is in the food itself and that is sometimes, not all the time. This is probably a more of a feel good thing than actually helping people. Although some will pay attention, but those are probably the ones who pay attention to this stuff now. Not new comers.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    won't change my eating habits, because i already look at the labels. however, it will make shopping easier, and serving sizes really should be more realistic. i mean, sometimes serving sizes are just ridiculous.

    it would also be nice if they'd stop doing the "hide the nutritional info under a fold in the candy bar / protein bar wrapper" thing. sometimes you almost have to open the damned thing just to find out how many calories it has.

    as for the new lower salt recommendations, no thanks. i already eat limited cal / low fat for the most part. leave my salt alone.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I like the change personally. It won't effect me because I rarely eat processed foods.

    It's so silly really . . . do any of us know anyone who, when they go get some ice cream, serve themselves a half-cup? "Typical serving sizes" are a lot more truthful.

    I think the FDA could get more involved with fast-food nutrition information. Yeah, it's there now, but it should be on every food item they serve. Right on the package. In a type-size people can read.

    Edit: Until we all begin to get educated about processed foods, we will continue having an obesity epidemic in our country. Food manufacturers who make processed foods are making chum, not food. Carefully engineered and crafted in laboratories to produce cravings and to not stop eating when we're full. It's a shame, really.

    They purposely make processed foods addicting and we have restaurants that think portion size is for 300lb+, 6'8" athletes.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    From what I've heard it's a change in emphasis to calories and serving size, which is a change from prior emphasis on fat and salt content. The problem with the ingredient portion of the labels is that the word "natural" doesn't necessarily mean healthy, and many ingredients come under that category. Just like the word "uncaged" or "free roaming" don't always mean what you think.

    I won't know til I see the label whether it changes anything for me.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    They purposely make processed foods addicting and we have restaurants that think portion size is for 300lb+, 6'8" athletes.
    I like restaurants like that, what I don't eat in the restaurant, I take home for supper. Two meals for the price of one.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Paine View Post
    Maybe some believe this great.

    I have tired of the patriarchal pandering poppycock of purported protective policies pained upon a pusillanimous and properly penitent populace who postures prostrate to the penultimate posits of plutocracy.

    Simply, I do not desire or need protection from myself.

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    Providing information about what you are consuming is not a 'protective policy', it is giving you the knowledge to make informed choices. No one is telling you how much you should eat, or what you should eat (which would be a 'protective policy') just what is in the food you are consuming.

    There are some who need to know what they are eating, not just want to know.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Making the labels easier to read is a good idea, as is eliminating the misleading "portion size" game that some of the manufacturers like to play. If a package that most people would eat in a single setting contains 3 "servings", and the calorie count is 300 per serving, let's be honest and admit that there are 900 calories in a package. Some people will do the math, others will just glance at the calorie count.

    Oh, and I have a great free app on my phone called "Fooducate". Scan the bar code, and it grades the food item for nutritional value on a D to A rating. It's free, and I recommend it for anyone interested in what is really going into their bodies.

    Next step: That chicken that is slaughtered in North America and sent to China for processing: Let's insist that it be labeled as a product of China and not of North America.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I like restaurants like that, what I don't eat in the restaurant, I take home for supper. Two meals for the price of one.
    I have the discipline now to do the same. But buffets and large portions encourage some less experienced, younger folks to over eat. I don't think they should force restaurants to offer less portions but our culture could address the problem in other ways, thru information.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perotista View Post
    I like restaurants like that, what I don't eat in the restaurant, I take home for supper. Two meals for the price of one.
    More like 2 meals for the price of 10 (home cooked).

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