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

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    That simply isn't true. If a food has added sugars they are on the ingredients list.
    both are true. Calories will be larger lettering and any added sugars will be noted.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    and any added sugars will be noted.
    Not for the first time, as you claimed. They have always been on the ingredients list. Therefore your statement was a falsehood.

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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
    Nope - I only label-check when I need to watch what I'm eating.

    Otherwise: I really don't care. I think people make a fuss over nothing. The vast majority of people, even that 25% who don't know the earth revolves around the sun, know that junk food is bad and fruits and veggies are good.

    We don't need packaging to tell us this.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    I don't usually encounter food labels except on snacks, if that.
    And then I usually don't look for the calorie content so much as what is actually in the food (contents/ingredients).
    I attempt to avoid food that has lots of chemicals and such in that section.

    Most of what I eat, however, does not have labels on it.

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    That said, I do not think this goes far enough.

    Food should be labeled so that it lists everything in the ingredients.
    Food should be labeled so that it lists the calorie content and all related stats (sodium, sugar, etc, etc, whatever) for the entire volume in the container - then a suggested serving size, with the values for that.

    Cause you know damn well someone out there buys a "family size" bag of potato chips and eats the whole damn thing in one sitting.
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    But another thing - the stats on the labels aren't really the whole story about what you're eating - some forms of fat are good for you, some are bad, some forms of sugar are better for you than others, some oils are better than others, etc, etc, and so on.
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    And what's with the "natural (and/or artificial) flavors" I see on various labels. That seems like BS to me - anything could be a "flavor".
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Not for the first time, as you claimed. They have always been on the ingredients list. Therefore your statement was a falsehood.
    I haven't seen the label, but the ingredients are not the same as noting them on the label.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Nope - I only label-check when I need to watch what I'm eating.

    Otherwise: I really don't care. I think people make a fuss over nothing. The vast majority of people, even that 25% who don't know the earth revolves around the sun, know that junk food is bad and fruits and veggies are good.

    We don't need packaging to tell us this.
    where it really helps is pre-packaged foods; sodium /fats/ carbs - even protein to an extent - is quite varied. If you don't eat processed/pre packaged foods, more the better

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by annata View Post
    where it really helps is pre-packaged foods; sodium /fats/ carbs - even protein to an extent - is quite varied. If you don't eat processed/pre packaged foods, more the better
    I think what's really skewed is 'portion size' - people just eat too much of everything. I've had good success losing weight just by eating less food overall - not by counting numbers and depriving myself of good this and thats.
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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I think what's really skewed is 'portion size' - people just eat too much of everything. I've had good success losing weight just by eating less food overall - not by counting numbers and depriving myself of good this and thats.
    calories are the main portion control. Gotta eat less if one wants weight to come off.
    I keep my carbs down though (seems to help in general) the "added sugars" on the label will specifically help me there. Plus I just don't want that junk.

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    Re: will new food labels chage your eating habits?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    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.
    Exactly, they are simply moving the focus. Processed foods will continue to contain unpronounceable crap that isn't food and isn't good for you. Now they just going to focus more on calories and serving size.










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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.
    Excitotoxins is a term I never heard before until my wife told me about it. It's why Frito-Lay used to say Lay's Potato Chips: "Bet You Can't Eat Just One." Well, hell no, we couldn't! They made sure of that by adding excitoxins, as does almost every other manufacturer of snack "foods". Snack my ass. Eating a half a bag of Cheetos at one sitting isn't having a snack. It ain't food either. I stay the heck away from processed foods. I don't touch "snack" "foods".

    Today, more than 70 excitotoxins lurk in most packaged and processed foods, including soups, sauces, gravy mixes, frozen dinners, diet foods, beverages, chips, and fast foods. The main culprits are MSG, aspartame (NutraSweet), cysteine, hydrolyzed protein, and aspartic acid.

    Unfortunately, MSG goes by at least 30 different names on food labels, including, as I mentioned, the simple and oh-so-harmless-seeming word, “spice.” Lippman’s office provides a handout with a detailed list of hidden names for excitotoxins.

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    Blaylock says that we now “know that the excitotoxic process plays a major role in many life-threatening maladies.” He cites possible associations between excitotoxins and a slew of serious health conditions, including:
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