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Redesigning the Nutrition Label: Here's One Scientist's Clever Proposal

Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest proposes a new nutrition label with a host of subtle but important changes.

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The Food Industry Tries to Redesign the Nutrition Label, Fails

The food industry tried to beat the FDA to the punch by redesigning the nutrition label first. Surprise: It might actually confuse consumers.

In January, food industry giants launched a new food label for the front of packaged foods—Nutrition Keys (above)—which was widely seen as an attempt to influence or divert the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ongoing efforts to create better labeling. That's a problem.

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Printing Nutrition Labels on Food (Literally)

You can't miss these food labels. They're actually printed on egg shells and stamped onto meats.

If we're supposed to pay attention to our food's nutrient quality—the calories, saturated fat, and carbs—should food labels be more prominent? What if standardized nutrition facts were an intrinsic part of foods themselves?

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