Since the passage of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, Nutrition Facts labeling has been mandatory for most packaged foods. The majority of food items sold in grocery stores are processed and packaged. Nutrition Facts labels provide consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients in these food items, which can help them make healthier choices. Now more than ever, Americans, especially older adults, are using Nutrition Facts labels when they shop for food.
After two decades, the nutrition labels on the food products we buy are getting a much-needed update, with proposed changes that provide a more realistic picture of the serving size, calories and added sugar those products contain.
It's amazing what food labels don't tell you. For instance, what exactly is "natural flavoring" or a mysterious ingredient like L-cysteine? And then there are the things that aren't even listed on the label that are even more worrisome. Here are some of the hair-raising things that might be in your next bite of food.
After more than six years of study, the Food and Drug Administration has announced new standards for foods labeled "gluten-free," a step the agency said would help the 3 million people with celiac disease who cannot digest the naturally occurring protein.
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