FDA recommends changing food labels and portion sizes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/10

FDA recommends changing food labels and portion sizes

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – On the topic of controlling food portions, about how many chips do you eat before you put the bag down?   Nutritionists will tell you that most people far underestimate the size of their servings.  Government health experts are now looking at whether the blame should go in part to nutrition labels that are too small and sometimes hard to find.

"Take for example, these Tostitos. According to the nutrition label one serving is just six chips," said Ellen Goldberg, of Dallas, TX.  "You are looking at 150 calories here, and that's not even counting the queso."

The FDA is now recommending food manufacturers do two things, move nutrition labels to the front of the box so they're easy to find and use more realistic serving sizes. While that won't solve the obesity problem, most agree it is a step in the right direction to help people learn to read and understand what they're eating.

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