What’s Your Serving Size?
|March 3, 2014||Posted by The Fit Scoop under News and Research|
How many of your read nutrition labels, I mean really read them? Sure you may glance at the calories, but do you look at the breakdown of what you get for those calories? Does what you read make a difference as to whether or not you eat the food or how much you eat of it? The FDA is proposing changes to nutrition labeling requirements in order to encourage more people to read the labels and to help them make better food choices. Some proposed changes include:
– larger and bolder fonts for calorie counts
– the inclusion of added sugar amounts
– the inclusion of potassium and vitamin D information
– updated serving sizes to reflect actual consumption rather than recommended consumption
Here is an image of the proposed new label:
The one change I wonder about is the proposed update to the serving size. Most recommended serving sizes are much smaller than what people assume and do not reflect what is actually consumed. Have you ever measured out a cup of cereal and 1/2 cup of milk, the standard serving size for most cereals? It’s so small! I know I tend to have at least two servings anytime I eat a bowl of cereal. I am torn – I can see that calculating nutrition information according to the real life serving size (i.e. 2 cups of cereal rather than 1 cup of cereal) might be helpful in getting people to understand that they are probably eating (and taking in more calories) more than they realize. On the other hand, since today’s larger portion sizes are a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, are we just condoning eating more than a reasonable amount when we increase the serving size? Will scaling up the serving size just end up making “portion distortion” a permanent problem? What do you think?