Recently, a petition was started by U.S. Right to Know, a consumer advocacy group in California. The goal of the petition is to lobby the Food and Drug Administration to eliminate instances of the word “diet” in food and beverage labeling. Some consumer advocates say that the word is problematic, bordering on false advertising because it doesn’t directly cause weight loss.
One of the challenges consumers face in interpreting the indicators on labels is that “diet” doesn’t directly describe what the products contain. This results from the diversity in the way people diet. Certain programs limit the intake of complex carbohydrates, while others target sugar specifically. Some give little direction about carbohydrate intake but caution dieters against eating fatty foods. Here are some alternatives to the word “diet” in food labeling:
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