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Shady Nutrition Labeling Gets Yanked


Oh, look: The FDA is actually weighing in on something of consequence. It looks like federal and state wrist-slapping has been enough to derail the Smart Choice nutritional labeling program, which is basically a way for processed-food purveyors to trick you into thinking their crap isn't as bad for you as it is.You have almost certainly already seen the label-though you'd be forgiven for not remembering because the number of little logos and labels promising one thing or other is enough to make anyone's eyes glaze over. The Smart Choice label-a front-of-package green tick mark-was created to help people make smart, um, choices at the supermarket. (Read the actual criteria here.)In their words: No matter where you shop or what brands you buy - the Smart Choices Program ... helps shoppers make smarter food and beverage choices within product categories in every supermarket aisle. Smart like Apple Jacks. And mayonnaise. And 100 Calorie Pack Cheeze Nips.What's more depressing? The fact that there are people out there trying to trick us into thinking Apple Jacks are healthy? Or the fact that it took major corporate and consumer fuss before the FDA said anything about it? (That's a rhetorical question.)Image via
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Some beauty pageants, like the Miss America competition, have done away with the swimsuit portions of the competitions, thus dipping their toes in the 21st century. Other aspects of beauty pageants remain stuck in the 1950s, and we're not even talking about the whole "judging women mostly on their looks" thing. One beauty pageant winner was disqualified for being a mom, as if you can't be beautiful after you've had a kid. Now she's trying to get the Miss World competition to update their rules.

Veronika Didusenko won the Miss Ukraine pageant in 2018. After four days, she was disqualified because pageant officials found out she was a mom to 5-year-old son Alex, and had been married. Didusenko said she had been aware of Miss World's rule barring mother from competing, but was encouraged to compete anyways by pageant organizers.

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