Today on Facebook, I caught an article by Fooducate (the helpful app for your smart phone). They reported on their blog about the “Facts Up Front” plan, that is supposed to helpful to consumers on making better choices, when buying foods.
Facts Up Front is a nutrient-based labeling system that summarizes important information from the Nutrition Facts Panel in a simple and easy-to-use format on the front of food and beverage packages. Facts Up Front is a voluntary initiative aligned with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines and regulations. If you’ve seen this at all on some packages – it looks like this:
While it’s definitely a START…
BUT…without some other information, most people aren’t going to know if these numbers are too high, or if something is even good for you if they’re not educated.
Moral of the story? If your health is important to YOU (because we know it’s important to HIM who created us!) GET. EDUCATED. about what you’re putting in your body.
We know all ready by looking at a label like these example – 450 calories? That’s a lot. I’m hoping that’s a meal that includes all of the food groups… Not knowing what this is, the sugars is high too (we shoot for under 10 grams). While the fiber is great to know, without knowing the total carbs, you don’t know what the net carbs are? See the holes in this idea?
When I see things like this – I think of how important it is to know all aspects of what you’re looking at:
….and then I think – what else am I going to be consuming WITH this – and how high is this meal total going to go??
Obviously, marketing gurus could use these “helper boxes” to their advantage, and it’s YOU and I that will pay, if we just pay attention to what they spoon feed us. The fact that it’s voluntary and not being fully regulated, could pose a lot of problems as well.
I was reading this past week about the word “NATURAL” not being regulated… while the word Organic is… but even that isn’t always what we think. When you see NATURAL on a product? Aren’t you going to assume that it’s not containing additives? Unfortunately… it really doesn’t mean much at all.
Do you have any “surprises” you’ve unearthed lately that might help us all be more aware as we keep striving to be healthy for Him? Please share!
“God did not keep His own Son for Himself but gave Him for all. Then with His Son, will He not give us all things?” – Romans 8:32