How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Regulation of Food Labels

How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Regulation of Food Labels


Hi. I’m Brenda Thompson, Registered Dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about who regulates
food labels and food claims. Understanding how to use and read food labels is essential
in making the best low-fat, nutrient rich food choices. Food label guidelines are set
by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, also known as the FDA. This provides a national
standard which all food manufacturers must follow in efforts to assist the consumer in
making the best food choices for a healthy diet. It is very important to understand that
the FDA and the USDA are two different groups. The USDA, in 2005, just came out with a new
regulations of the new dietary guidelines. Therefore there were some things put on there
that the FDA has not quite put on the regulations such as adding whole grains to food claims.
So, food claims do not include whole grains. Therefore, manufacturers can put the nutrition
claim of “whole grains” on any food. On the flip side, however, the FDA does regulate
low-fat and it regulates low-sodium and options like that. We’ll talk about that today.