I was guest speaker at a 29 Days of Health, Lunch and Learn in the city of Chicago recently. We were discussing food labeling and how the FDA allows the food industry to be manipulative to sell a product.
One example is the labeling of trans fats. The new laws established by the FDA state the packaging can advertise 0 trans fats, if the food contains less than .5 grams per serving of trans fats or hydrogenated oils. Even though the food contains trans fats, the front of the packaging says it does not, so you have to read the official nutrition labels on the back of the packaging to check the ingredients. With .5 grams per serving you can still consume a harmful amount of trans fats.
My guests were shocked and someone from the audience asked me how I stay informed and what watchdog organizations I follow for advice. These are the watchdog organizations who keep me updated on new rules and regulations and keep an eye on food companies more interested in selling food than your well being. Here is my list…
ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP
CENTER FOR SCIENCE in the PUBLIC INTEREST
(The Nutrition Action Newsletter they write is a great resource too!!)
Be sure to like these organizations on FACEBOOK or TWITTER so you can stay updated as well.