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FDA Is Redefining The Term 'Healthy' On Food Labels

Saturday, October 15, 2016

So, you're looking for a quick grab-and-go snack, and there's a row of energy bars at the checkout counter. Are they a healthy option?

The maker of Kind bars thinks so. The company has used the phrase "healthy and tasty" on some of its products that contain lots of nuts. But, here's the issue: The bars contained too much fat to meet the Food and Drug Administration's strict low fat definition of healthy. So, as we reported last May, the company helped launch a petition to challenge the status quo.

Now the FDA has begun the process of redefining the term "healthy" on food labels. Policymakers are looking for input from food makers, health experts and the public. You can weigh in with your ideas about what factors and criteria should be used for the new definition. (Submit electronic comments directly to the FDA).

Full article here-
www.npr.org/sections/the
salt/2016/10/03/496064796/
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  • WOUBBIE
    I added this comment:

    Since "healthy" on a food label is purely a marketing gimmick, I believe it should be prohibited entirely. Almonds may be a "healthy" choice in general, but if I'm allergic or otherwise sensitive, they're far from "healthy" for me. Likewise for whole grains. Eating "healthy whole grains" make me fat and sick. "Healthy" is a totally subjective term and perfect for marketing, but not for science. I would favor something more along the lines of the dairy association's "Real" label. It doesn't claim to be "Healthy" or "Perfect", just Real as opposed to Imitation.
    1393 days ago
  • NJMATTICE
    Thanks for the healthful link.
    1393 days ago
  • RO2BENT
    Maybe they'll use the correct term "healthful"
    1393 days ago
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