Although these public policies do mean well- with high hopes of helping people meet their needs and find healthier options- It still seems to me that the Proposed Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label are better… but are not making the changes that truly need to be made…
Original vs. Proposed:
I am the biggest nutrition nerd that anyone will ever meet, and I still will look at that “Protein 3g” or “Iron 45%” and think “Is this enough?” or “Is this good?” Considering a recommendation that I have learned for protein is .8 grams multiplied by body weight in kilograms is a good amount. But what percent of calories would that be? Like don’t I only need 10-35% protein? And as if Joe Shmoe knows his weight in kilograms.. or that equation.. bottom line this label is still really confusing and if anyone out there would like to comment and explain it in simpler terms- I would greatly appreciate it.
What disgusts me so much about this is that it is so focused on the science and each individual nutrient- the ingredients are completely neglected. Kale and bananas don’t have nutrition labels… so are they poof cut off the face of the earth and don’t have any nutritional value? My friend once bought an “antioxidant juice drink” because it had suchandsuch many vitamins in it.. I was concerned because I bet some oranges and grapes would have just as many antioxidants.. but because they weren’t labeled or advertised as such, they were forgotten about.
Maybe the ingredients, calories, and serving size, should be big and bold on the front, and the nutrition facts smaller on the side? It’s about time people put down the products and started eating whole food. REAL food. These products disgust me and are quite far from the nutritents that our bodies need and are bioavailable to us. It seems to me, if it has one of these stupid labels on it, don’t eat it. I hope to be able to grow my own food, and buy in bulk and sprout, and get back to trusting my hunger cues. Calorie counts are helpful, but if we ate real, whole, natural food- it would be hard to comfortably accidentally take in too many calories. All of this science is silly to me.. lets get back to nature, shall we??