FDA Is Redefining The Term ‘Healthy’

Our views on nutrition have evolved and it’s time for regulations to evolve with them.

How do you define healthy?

The FDA wants to know. The agency regulates the use of the term on food labels using a definition set more than two decades ago! Since then, our views on nutrition have evolved and many believe it’s time for regulation to evolve with them, but healthy can mean different things to different people.

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Some in the industry argue taste is as important as nutrients so a little more sugar, sodium, and fat should be allowed but consumer advocates want stricter regulation on the “healthy” label to prevent it from being used as a marketing tool on processed foods. The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says there’s massive confusion over the term and that for now it might be best for the FDA not to adopt a definition.

What do you think?

You can submit your comments and thoughts online at www.regulations.gov

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