Dr. Friedman and Kim chew on the FDA's subterfuge, as well as the myths surrounding salt and sugar.Dr. Friedman and Kim chew on the FDA's subterfuge, as well as the myths surrounding salt and sugar.
Instead of Food & Drug Administration, should the FDA be named "Fooling Dieters Again"?
Independent research has shown there is a 20 percent margin of error on all food labels, and that the products are always over the amount listed; never under. Plus, serving sizes can be very tricky. For example, a 200-calorie Pop-Tart serving is just one of the tarts in a package, not both.
Another fail by the FDA is that terms like "all natural" aren't regulated by the FDA and are used more as marketing tools. Look for labels of Certified Organic or Non-GMO Verified.
Some companies have outsmarted consumers by renaming chemicals like aspartame (aminosweet) and MSG (hydrolyzed vegetable protein, textured vegetable protein or yeast extract). A good rule of thumb is that if you can't pronounce an ingredient, do not eat or drink it.
How can these fails be addressed? Perhaps there should be a separate administration that focuses only on food, not on drugs.
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