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Unformatted text preview: 1 2 N U T R I T I O N A C T I O N H E A L T H L E T T E R D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 9 What the Label Doesnt Tell You Many labels claim that a food or ingredient can support, enhance, or maintain your joints, bones, heart, breasts, prostate, digestive health, etc. Most claims arent backed by much evidence. The claim should reveal what percent of the grain is whole. The label shouldnt count polydextrose, maltodextrin, or similar isolated fibers as equal to the intact, natural fiber in whole grains, beans, or vegetables. A food with 5 grams of saturated fat per serving shouldnt be allowed to boast that it has 0 grams of trans fat. If a food is made with coffee, caffeine, or guarana, the label should tell you how much caffeine is in a serving. The government should require symbols that give shoppers a quick snapshot of the foods key nutrients. B Y M I C H A E L F . J A C O B S O N & B R U C E S I L V E R G L A D E I t has been nearly 20 years since the government overhauled food labels. Since then, companies have come up with new schemes to trick consumers. And some older problems were never fixed the first time around. Heres how the food label can trip you upand what a new, improved label might look like. Michael F. Jacobson is executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, publisher of Nutrition Action . Bruce Silverglade is CSPIs director of legal affairs. S P E C I A L R E P O R T HIGH Saturated Fat 5 g More Information on Side Panel CALORIES Per Serving SERVINGS Per Box 350 14 HIGH Added Sugars 30 g MED Sodium 290 mg Snapshot Some foods make an immunity claim because they contain a vitamin or two. vitamin or two....
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course BIOL 1322 taught by Professor Aliciabrown during the Summer '11 term at Collins.
- Summer '11
- Dietary Fiber