23 October 2011

Label Plan Offered to Rate Food Nutrition

Well, the government seems about to offer another worthless plan to those who need nutritional information the most.

"Label Plan Offered to Rate Food Nutrition" is the newest attempt to by The Institute of Medicine's to make food labeling clear and easy to read for the vast majority of consumers.

"In a report to federal regulators, the Institute of Medicine called for a simplified label that would go on the front of food packages and show the number of calories per serving and contain zero to three stars to indicate how healthful a food was."

And who is the judge of whether high-fructose-corn syrup is more healthy than sugar or if whole wheat bread is nutritionally the same as 100% whole wheat bread? And what about the plethora of added ingredients in processed foods. Because fats, sugars and salts fall into "acceptable" levels, what about preservatives, flavorings, dyes and other myriad ingredients too long to list added to these foods, these foods are "safe" to eat.

If parents have poor eating habits, they will care little if a food has one or ten stars. "“It’s simple,” said Alice H. Lichtenstein, a nutrition professor at Tufts University, who served on the committee that prepared the report. “It’s interpretive. People don’t need to look at numbers or do any calculations to figure out what they mean. Three stars are better than no stars.”  Huh, what a dumb assumption.

The changes have to start with the food manufacturers.