Have y’all heard the news? Food Labels are getting a makeover for the first time in 20 years!
It’ll feature things such as more prominent calorie counts and more realistic serving sizes. That means that the protein shake you quickly grab, thinking you’re being good and choosing something healthy, will more than likely only have 1 serving in it, instead of the common 2.5. Here’s a big example of what they’re trying to change. Currently, if you were to buy a 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew at the gas station it’s listed as having 100 calories, but that’s per serving…and each bottle has 2.5 servings. Who honestly would only drink their one serving, put the lid on and be done? By the time you go back it’s flat and gross. They’re saying that a serving of ice cream will no longer be listed at 1/2 a cup, but actually 1 cup. People are probably going to start actually thinking about the choices they’re making if they’re faced with realistic portions. It’s easy to pick up a bottle of soda and see “70 calories” and read no more, but when picking up a bottle and seeing “210” people might be more inclined the stop. When that chip bag says 7 chips for 140 calories – HA! *HA!* They should put the calories for the whole damn bag and make that one serving.
They’re looking to make the labels look more like this:
I’m sure most of us are hoping they go with option 2 – which likely means it won’t happen. Because it’d be logical.
David Kessler, the former FDA commissioner said, “It creates incentives for the industry to create better products,” he said. “No one wants their products to look bad on the labels.” This is SO TRUE. I know when I work on recipes for SMF I am very cognizant of everything I put in because I want it to be the best nutritionally I can make it for everyone… (Hmm..perhaps I should just make a recipe out of every meal. ha!)
They’re saying this will probably take at least a year to do. It effects marketing, pricing, etc.
The United Kingdom already does this with a front-of-pack label that uses a color coded system so you know the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. Red = bad. Green = good. Yellow’s = could be better.
I don’t know, maybe I’m a nerd. I’m pumped about this. It’s all about knowledge, and knowledge provides power, and power leads to change.
What do y’all think?