11 Apr '11, 1am

Confused By Food Labels? Read the Fine Print!: Even though nutrition info is slapped on all packaged foods and m...

Confused By Food Labels? Read the Fine Print!: Even though nutrition info is slapped on all packaged foods and m...

Even though nutrition info is slapped on all packaged foods and many restaurant items, people are heavier than ever. Use this advice to improve your label literacy. By Amy Paturel, M.P.H., Women’s Health Twenty years ago, no one scrutinized cereal boxes to compare calories in competing brands. They couldn’t–prior to the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) of 1990, that info wasn’t on most packages. And forget about finding calories on restaurant menus. The 125 best packaged foods for a healthy diet . Yet the country’s obesity rate back then was about 14 percent lower than it is now. Labels, it seems, may be doing more harm than good. That’s why the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nonprofit health advisory, is taking a fresh look at labeling policies in an effort to make the facts clearer and harder to ignore. Here’s how not to be duped. Food Fakers One of the bigges...

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