Dr Oz: How to Read and Understand Food Labels
Could you be eating too much and consuming an excessive amount of calories because your food labels are lying to you? Dr. Oz says this could be true so he enlisted the help of his friend Dr. Michael Roizen to help explain what is really going on with the foods you buy the most.
Dr Oz: Proposed Food Label Changes Explained Dr Mike Roizen
Dr. Michael Roizen says food labels could be misleading and causing you to eat too many calories every single day, from the serving size to the calories in each, he says it can all be pretty confusing. Dr. Roizen says it should be a heck of a lot easier to know what you are eating than it actually is, so he explained how to decipher the labels once and for all. Dr. Oz says the good news is that for the first time in about 20 years, the FDA is proposing a change to nutritional labels that will make them easier to read and understand.
- The number of calories would appear in bold, larger print on the label.
- Serving size is in bold print at top of label.
- Daily values are more prominently displayed.
- Vitamin D and Potassium, two nutrients we are commonly deficient in, would now appear on food labels.
Dr Oz: FDA Proposes Food Label Changes
One of the biggest changes being proposed by the FDA when attempting to make food labels more user-friendly is to make serving sizes more realistic so we are not lying to ourselves about what we are actually consuming.
- Currently a pint of ice cream contains 4 servings, but the labels will be switched to 2 servings instead because that is more realistic to what we actually eat.
- Another big change be proposed by the FDA is to include a section on the food label that discloses “added sugars”.
- The ‘Calories from Fat’ value will be removed from labels, which Dr. Oz says is good because causes more confusion than help. Dr. Roizen added that it is much more important to look at the Saturated Fat content because those are the fats that directly linked to unhealthy belly fat.
If you would like to see these changes implemented you can write to the FDA and express how you feel. Go to Dr. Oz’s website to learn more.