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What are ‘healthy’ foods? The FDA is updating the definition for food labels


Americans could find it easier to identify and buy truly healthy foods, under a new proposed rule released today for public review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The proposed rule would align the definition of the “healthy” claim with current nutrition science, the updated Nutrition Facts label and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The 105-page rule particularly is aimed at helping the more than 80% of people in the U.S. who aren’t eating enough vegetables, fruit and dairy. Additionally, most Americans consume too much added sugars, saturated fat and sodium. The revised rule is part of the agency’s ongoing commitment to helping consumers improve nutrition and dietary patterns to help reduce the burden of chronic disease and advance health equity. Under the proposed definition, in order to be labeled with the “healthy” claim on food packaging, the products would need to contain a certain meaningful amount of food from at least one of the food groups or subgroups recommended by the Dietary Guidelines, and adhere to specific limits for certain nutrients, such as saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. The agency is also in the process of developing a symbol that manufacturers could use to show that their product meets the “healthy” claim criteria. The proposed rule comes on the heels of the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, as well as the release of a related national strategy that aims to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related diseases and close disparity gaps by 2030.

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