With March, National Nutrition Month, approaching, Michelle Obama and other advocates for nutrition took steps towards making the packaging and nutrition labels in order to promote healthier eating.
At the end of February, the Food and Drug Administration and Michelle Obama proposed changes to the nutrition facts found on food. The new guidelines suggest larger displays of calorie count, added sugars and serving size. Change to a system that has been the same for 20 years.
“Obama administration officials say the update, unveiled Thursday [February 27] at a White House event, is necessary to keep pace with the science of nutrition and to reduce confusion about what qualifies as healthful food.” Washington Post
The idea of labels on food becoming more understandable could be very beneficial for America because currently some of the labels are confusing to even very educated people.
“Unless you had a thesaurus, a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition, you were out of luck,” Michelle Obama said. “So you felt defeated, and you just went back to buying the same stuff. As parents and as consumers, we have a right to understand what’s in the food we’re feeding our families.” Michelle Obama’s Speech
Changing the food labels to be more understandable will be beneficial to all Americans, but the question is how well will they succeed in making the nutrition facts and ingredients that much easier to understand?
As the months go on trying to come to a conclusion about changing the labels, I look forward to seeing how much the FDA and Michelle Obama are able to simplify the labels.