Tell the FDA to Update Nutrition Label Info

  • by: Care2.com
  • recipient: Dr. Margaret A. Hambur, commissioner of the U.S. FDA

With the rise of obesity, many Americans are looking to nutrition labels for help with dieting -- but there is an important factor that might skew the information they get from food nutrition labels, leading people to greatly underestimate their intake of calories and nutrients.

Serving size determines all other nutritional values on a package's nutrition label. But these sizes were standardized in the 1990's, and data used for the amount of food people ate were from the 70's and 80's. These statistics are outdated and they cause people to think that they are taking in less calories, sugar, fat, sodium, and other nutrients than they actually are.

The FDA has vowed to update these nutrition labels to show the true serving sizes and therefore adjust the nutrients to reflect how much we are taking in. Tell the FDA to implement these changes immediately and give Americans more accurate knowledge to improve their health.

Dear Commissioner Hamburg,

With the rise of obesity, many Americans are looking to nutrition labels for help with dieting -- but there is an important factor that might skew the information they get from food nutrition labels, leading people to greatly underestimate their intake of calories and nutrients.

Serving size determines all other nutritional values on a package's nutrition label. But these sizes were standardized in the 1990's, and data used for the amount of food people ate were from the 70's and 80's. These statistics are outdated and they cause people to think that they are taking in less calories, sugar, fat, sodium, and other nutrients than they actually are.

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The FDA has vowed to update these nutrition labels to show the true serving sizes and therefore adjust the nutrients to reflect how much we are taking in. I urge you to implement these changes immediately and give Americans more accurate knowledge to improve their health.
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