Shoppers react to nutrition label proposal
Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 08:14 AM EST
Rochester, N.Y. -- With the Obama administration and the Food and Drug Administration’s new proposal for nutrition labels, health-minded shoppers like Gregg Deutschbein, who always looks at nutrition labels, said they welcome the changes.
"I think it's important to put as much facts as you can on the food to know what you're eating,” said Deutschbein.
Possible changes include calorie counts displayed more prominently, and serving sizes changed to reflect how much food Americans actually eat as opposed to what we should eat. There will also be a new line for added sugars.
"Labeling sugars, the added sugars, are important,” said Dr. Stephen Cook from UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital. “The portion sizes are really important -- how that's going to fit with, or the serving sizes per volume per container.”
“There’s going to be naturally occurring sugar in the food, and if they’re adding sugar to it, it’s good to have that line of delineation to realize,” said Deutschbein.
The White House and FDA hope this will create healthier eating habits, but Tracie Malsegna of Penfield said it doesn't have to be that complicated.
"Just educating on the labels that are there and how to read them correctly might be better than just changing a label," she said. "If they don't read them now, they're not going to read them with the new label either."
The new labels will be enforced two years after the FDA decides on a final rule.
"On the labels, it should be a little bit clearer to the person that is calorie conscious to what they need to take in for that day,” said Ramone Hannah.
Deutschbein said he'll just continue to focus on health.
"I'm a label nerd,” said Deutschbein. "I've been reading labels since I was a teenager and all that. I've always looked at nutrition labels.”