October 21, 2011

An Energy Star Label for Food?

Maggie Fox, National Journal

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The food industry should start from scratch on food labels, with a single symbol rating the overall healthfulness of a product as opposed to details of various nutrients rendered in tiny writing, health advisers said Thursday.

Food products should earn points based on calories, sugar, fat, and other nutritional values, the influential Institute of Medicine said. Most Americans cannot make sense of the current boxes and in any case, these labels are clearly having no effect on the epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes raging among the U.S. population, the institute’s committee said in its report.

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