0 grams Trans Fat! originally uploaded by Marjie Kennedy
According to this piece on NPR, the FDA is going to start closer monitoring of the claims made on food labels in an attempt to ensure that consumers are not misled into believing a particular food may be healthy.
We see it all the time…low carb, no trans fats, low fat, sugar free, etc. But aside from the front of the package, how many of you take a closer look into actual fat content, calories, chemical additives, serving size, etc? Even if you don’t, are you fooled into believing that an particular ice cream is actually good for you because it has 0 grams of trans fat?
Is it really up to the FDA to protect stupid people from themselves? Honestly, as if someone looked at a box of doughnuts with a likely true label stating the lack of trans fats and thought to themselves, “Oh boy! Health food!”? Are we really getting to the point where the people who live in our country are so ridiculously moronic that we need the government to do this for us? Shouldn’t the FDA instead work on better educating the public as to what’s good and not good as opposed to wasting their time and the time of those in the food industry by limiting the true claims made on their packaging?
What do you think about this? Is the FDA going too far or is the overall health of Americans really gotten to the point where we should allow the government to step in, even more than it already does, and limit what’s placed on food packaging? Do you believe that instead they should spend their time on other more important items–such as labeling when genetically modified ingredients are used or when the item may have come from a plant previously found to spread deadly diseases which act in the short term?
Whatever you have to say about the FDA’s decision to go after companies and their packaging choices go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.