Given the miserable results in what have clearly been misguided attempts to inform Americans about how what they are eating affects them (as evidenced by just about any chart on obesity in the U.S.), any improvement in current food labeling is welcomed and that’s what the Food and Drug Administration is doing with the proposed change below.
Fat is still the bad guy, though less so than before as the “Calories from Fat” item has vanished in favor of an enlarged Calorie count. Of course, the real problem with high-carb America is in the %DV area but, fortunately, only math geeks will be able to crack that code and discern any harmful information from it.
Most overweight and obese Americans will continue to buy what tastes good and highlighting the calorie count in the food label is certainly progress if it will give them a better idea of how many calories they’re consuming.
Unfortunately, for most fat people, the mix of calories is as important as the number of calories and that’s where the %DVs aren’t helping people since they are based on official government guidelines where carbohydrates get too high a share, due in part to the errant 1960s thinking that reduced fat in the American diet would help reduce heart disease.
[Note: I'll soon have my 3-year anniversary for "livin' la vida low carb" - I'll never go back.]