The Institute of Medicine released their first report on nutrition rating systems and symbols on the front of food packages. Their recommendation: highlight calories, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium. These are what Americans over consume and the nutrients that lead to many chronic diseases.
Excess body fat causes several types of cancer and highlighting calories could play an important role in helping Americans be leaner. Too much information can be confusing, so keeping it simple may be key.
Do you read labels? For more information check out AICR’s Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label to learn more.