Most people have their own idea about what constitutes healthy eating.
For many, calories, nutrients, and portion size are all crucial variables to consider when determining whether or not a specific item is a healthy choice.
At the moment, the FDA is working on making sure that food labels in grocery stores accurately reflect the public’s evolving understanding about nutrition. As a preliminary step, they’re asking you, the public, to help them by answering a range of questions about what the term “healthy” should actually mean from a nutrition perspective.
The FDA’s Douglas Balentine wrote in a blog post:
For instance, the most recent public health recommendations now focus on type of fat, rather than amount of fat. They focus on added sugars, which consumers will see on the new Nutrition Facts label. And they focus on nutrients that consumers aren't getting enough of, like vitamin D and potassium. ...
As a first step, we are asking for public input on a range of questions about what "healthy" should mean from a nutrition perspective and how consumers understand and use "healthy" food label claims. ...
What do consumers expect of foods that carry a "healthy" claim? What factors and criteria should be used for the new definition of "healthy"? We are also planning to hold public forums to get additional input and inform us of what a broad range of stakeholders and consumers think. This may take some time, but we want to get it right.
If you would like to submit comments and information, you can submit electronic comments on http://www.regulations.gov to docket folder FDA-2016-D-2335.
Submit your written comments to:
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061
Rockville, MD 20852
All comments should be identified with the docket number FDA-2016-D-2335.