America has experienced quite a few success stories over the decades. We have accomplished everything from landing on the moon to creating the internet. Now, we have one more small achievement to take pride in: new nutrition food labels! The FDA has proposed a major food label revamp. They are finally ready to relay important nutrition information in a bit more of a straight forward manner. Go team! 

This change is being prompted by the obesity epidemic in our country which cannot go ignored any longer. Granted, this is one small step in the fight for health, but it is a step in the right direction. In a nutshell, the FDA is going to begin to classify the serving size based on the amount that people are actually consuming.  For example, a 20- ounce bottle of soda will be listed as one serving rather than 2.5 servings (which has been the case thus far) since the majority of folks drink this size sugar- laden beverage in one sitting anyhow.

Let's face it, it is a small success, but it is the first change to nutrition labels in more than twenty years. Hopefully, this will make it easier for the general public to understand what and how much they are putting into their bodies. The FDA is also going to place less emphasis on the total fat content and focus more on overall calories. Additionally, they will shine the limelight on the added sugars which is one of the top culprits in our Standard American Diet (S.A.D.). It is this demon along with refined and processed foods that has helped lead us down the horrid path of obesity, diabetes, and other cardiovascular diseases.

We shall call this modest feat a victory in today's world, but as consumers and citizens we need to continue to ask for what we need and want for our people and the health of our families when it comes to our food industry. With this being said, the information pertaining to our sources of nourishment should be easily discernible and understood by all. Vote with your fork!

                                                                                                                           Wishing you all the best of health and happiness,

                                                                                                                                                                     Stacy xoxo               


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