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Esther Cepeda: Revised nutrition labeling not enough to improve diets


Esther Cepeda: Revised nutrition labeling not enough to improve diets
Arizona Daily Star

The journal Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently published a policy brief about the latest federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, introduced with this succinct observation: âNutrition is a relatively young science and dispensing good nutritional advice to an entire population is not easy.âUnderstatement of the year.The new guidelines can practically be used as a measuring stick for how far from âoptimalâ eating most peopleâs day-to-day intake can be.One major piece of advice is to âlimit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake.âTalk about a pie-in-the-sky recommendation.Limiting requires a baseline knowledge about such substances. Though nutrition-facts labeling has been around for more than 25 years, people still donât really know how to read it or use it in meaningful ways that can make an impact on their health.

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