The FDA's Label Lift

How the government could make nutrition facts more palatable

"I'll have one serving size with a couple of grams of sugar, please."

Chances are you've never spoken a sentence like that out loud, because to most people, it doesn't make sense. Yet that's the kind of lingo foodmakers have used for years to tell Americans about what they're eating, via the nutrition-facts panel. Now, for the first time in a decade, the Food and Drug Administration is ready for a change.

After many rounds of internal debate--and hefty criticism from health groups--the FDA recently submitted a list of proposed improvements for approval by the White House. Since the nutrition-facts label...

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