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 Dittohead not! View Post
    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.
    Excellent reference for the Fooducate app! I had used the online version before, but hadn't thought about the app since I got my new phone.
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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.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26371692

    This is wonderful legislation. Good to see the Obama administration do something useful that will help people.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    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.
    I agree. I don't buy any food items from China (among others), and I hate having to look all over the packaging to find the source country. They intentionally try to hide it.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    I wonder if I will live to see the day when America ISN'T the fattest nation on earth.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    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.
    I would argue that if your diet is such that a 900 cal. package of ANYTHING is a possible food choice there is no way to parse nutrition information in a manner that it might benefit you.

    I would actually argue that unless you're already in the camp that is eating "whole" you either don't know or care enough about nutrition to benefit from this.

    The biggest effect this will have is that people will now knowingly, and happily, continue to serve their children 800 cal. worth of Cheese Wiz rather than laboring under the illusion that their customary and enormous glop-serving was a mere 400 cal.
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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 promotes plan for food label overhaul
    No, I don't look at food labels.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    i'm surprised at how many think this is helpful, the only thing I find helpful is the added sugars. I gotta watch what I eat or I will gain weight - life long struggle.
    So maybe since I'm already so cognizant of every freaking thing that goes into my stomach, it doesn't mean all that much... in that I watch everything already.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    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.
    Information can only go as far as those are willing to listen. The wife and I like to go to the Golden Corral buffet. But we will usually go around 2 in the afternoon and eat our fill. One meal will suffice for both lunch and supper. usually we do this on Saturday afternoons.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    More like 2 meals for the price of 10 (home cooked).
    I don't know about that. It probably all depends on what restaurant you go to. The wife and me do not visit expensive restaurants at all. No Longhorns or Outbacks for steaks, Golden Corral or Ryans will do. No Red Lobster when we have Captain D's and Joe's Seafood place. Heck for 14-16 dollars for the two of us we have a nice meal. The expensive places, why? No matter what you eat it all comes out of the same hole and into a toilet someplace.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    i'm surprised at how many think this is helpful, the only thing I find helpful is the added sugars. I gotta watch what I eat or I will gain weight - life long struggle.
    So maybe since I'm already so cognizant of every freaking thing that goes into my stomach, it doesn't mean all that much... in that I watch everything already.
    The reality is these labels will only help those who read and are very dependent already on the labels. More information is good... but as to helping people not get fat, not so much. The way to control weight is the easiest way.... everything in moderation. I love pizza but I don't eat it three times a week. I love ice cream and don't eat a pint a day. They key is portion control, and limiting the amount and frequency of things that are fattening as well as balancing the fats with veggies, fiber and non fatty sugary things. In other words, control and common sense.
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