Nutrition labels have recently become a controversial subject due to the changes the FDA has decided to make in them. New labels are being implemented to ensure the success of a healthier lifestyle pertaining to the nutritional awareness of American citizens. The new descriptions will allow consumers to better understand what the labels mean by specifically providing a clearer understanding of sugars, calories, and partially hydrogenated fats.
The reasoning behind the new labels is to allow a better understanding of the scientific details on packaging, encouraging consumers to make healthier choices, and learning about serving sizes based on each individual's caloric intake. The most important aspect to ensure these goals are met is the understanding of the label itself. Tavernise explains that “Millions of Americans pay attention to food labels, and the changes are meant to make them easier to understand” (1). This would be the most beneficial modification for the FDA to make. There are certainly many other benefits the FDA is hoping to encourage through these changes as well; such as a decrease in obesity and diabetes.
The opposing viewpoint to these changes stems from restaurant owners as well as large food corporations that provide sustenance with high sugar content. As Patterson and George state “some in the food industry have argued against similar changes in the past, saying it’s unfair to highlight sugar” (1). Those who are uncomfortable with the changes could stand to lose a significant amount of money once the new labels target their product as unhealthy. Understandably restaurant owners do not agree with the changes simply because their quality food is not meant to be healthy, but rather something to enjoy.
The FDA’s new labeling system will surely have a backlash for some corporations but fully intends to support and promote healthier lifestyle choices.
Patterson, Jerrita , and Joe George. "Major Overhaul Ahead for Food Labels." WTVRcom. CBS6, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2014.
Tavernise, S. "New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings." New York Times [NY] 27 Feb. 2014, sec. Health: 1. Print.