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The Importance of Food Labels


In many developed countries, food labeling is absolutely necessary. Not only do we need food labeling to tell us what is being put into our food, but it is required by law in an effort to let consumers know what they are putting into their bodies and how to make choices in their dietary and nutritional efforts.

There is so much information provided in a food label that it requires a certain degree of education to read, understand the information that is being presented to you, and make a decision regarding whether or not to purchase that food item.

When we reach further into just how effective food labeling is and conduct more research into food science as a whole, we find that the food label can be harming rather than helping in some instances. The Food and Drug Administration along with many other governmental and non-governmental organizations seem to approach nutrition quite flippantly, with significant adjustments to acceptable amounts of some ingredients into the foods that we eat.

A newer approach to food labeling is the misleading nature of food labels. In foods with high protein content and high fiber content, there is a much larger calorie intake than is conveyed on the food labels according to new research.

We are aware that diets with low carbohydrate content usually have a lower amount of calories due to the more simplistic nutrient structure when compared complex carbohydrates that are also available. However, the impact of this approach to nutrition could potentially be overlooked an in fact, understated.

We need to keep ourselves updated regarding the redefinition of nutritional guidelines. Because they are constantly changing, there is essentially no stability in our diets. We also need to ensure that more research is conducted into the science of food labeling. With more information, community awareness, and the backing of organizations that share a common interest in nutritional transparency, we can change the entire perspective on food labeling altogether.

A recent decision that genetically modified foods do not need to labeled as such is concerning many, leading to strong opposition from advocates of transparency in the food industry. It is not known whether the law will make it through the system, but the GMO lobby is pushing pretty hard.

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