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New food labels would highlight calories and sugar


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  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2014 8:34 a.m.

    re: RedShirt

    I don't disagree.

    Knowing the content (Grams of fat, protein, & carbs) is very useful. I figure out the actual percentage myself and know what to avoid.

    They need to emphasize where High Fructose Corn Syrup is on the list of ingredients. Other than the occasional Coke, I won't consume an item if HFCS is one of the 1st 5 ingredients.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 27, 2014 12:15 p.m.

    Here is the sad thing about this idea. It doesn't work. If you look at the history of obesity, and especially teen obesity rates, we didn't have a problem with it until the government started to tell us what was healthy and what wasn't.

    We have had the government telling us what is good and what is bad, so that we didn't have to make those decisions ourselves, for over 40 years. We have had about 40 years of increasing obesity rates. Before that people were smart enough to figure out that if they ate a lot of junk they would get fat.

    How about we just make sure that the companies put a lable telling us what is in the package, and let us decide if we want to eat that box of Ding Dongs by ourselves or not.

  • OneWifeOnly San Diego, CA
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:53 a.m.

    We have a right to know what we eat. I want my food to be labeled properly and without marketing gimmicks and gotchas like changing the serving size to make the calorie count look better. I'd like to see every food label require a 'per serving' column and a 'per container' column. I really appreciate the change to show added sugars vs natural occurring sugars. The only thing missing from this proposal is labeling to require disclosure of GMOs.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Feb. 27, 2014 10:51 a.m.

    The Nanny State attacks. Do many people even read the labels? Can they even read?

  • shuttdlrl Smith River, CA
    Feb. 27, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    A healthy lifestyle is also very important

  • deseret pete robertson, Wy
    Feb. 27, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    All they are doing is adding to the cost of our food.Get the gov't out of every choice we make and let the people take responsibility for their own choices.I grew up making my own choices without any special labels as well as thousand of others.It seems there is a continual reach of the gov't into our lives on things they don't know that much about.They keep changing their mind about what is god for you and what is not. Moderation is the key --- you eat too much of anything it will not be good for you.