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What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 21

SashaQ - happysad

Wow, yes that is another random serving size... The UK has 330ml cans. Keeping 20-45ml in a can for the following day would be tricky indeed...


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 22

Baron Grim

In 2016, laws were enacted in the U.S. changing the labeling rules as administrated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). One change specifies that serving sizes now have to be realistic. Specifically



-- By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. How much people eat and drink has changed since the previous serving size requirements were published in 1993. For example, the reference amount used to set a serving of ice cream was previously 1/2 cup but is now 2/3 cup. The reference amount used to set a serving of soda changed from 8 ounces to 12 ounces.

-- Package size affects what people eat. So for packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20 ounce soda or a 15-ounce can of soup, the calories and other nutrients are required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.

-- For certain products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate the amount of calories and nutrients on both a “per serving” and “per package”/“per unit” basis. Examples would be a 24-ounce bottle of soda or a pint of ice cream. With dual-column labels available, people can more easily understand how many calories and nutrients they are getting if they eat or drink the entire package/unit at one time.


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 23

SashaQ - happysad

That makes sense to have the dual columns - eg I currently have a 300ml bottle of pure orange juice that is two servings but could easily be consumed in one sitting by accident. It already has an amber traffic light for the sugar content, so the whole bottle would probably have a red traffic light.

Package size makes a big difference indeed - sensible to change the serving analysis to 12oz when 12oz cans are so readily available, rather than focusing on people buying larger bottles and portioning them up into 8oz amounts, but it would be helpful to have more choice of package sizes for smaller servings...

Some variation in labelling in the UK that I have seen - especially with dry products, there are often dual columns with the values for 100g vs the values for a portion when it is ready to eat. Some products eg potato shapes have the values for 1/5th of the bag - tricky trying to work out how many shapes that is. Other times there are values for 1 item, eg one small rice cake, but with rounding errors, the value for eg 6 small rice cakes could be quite different.


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 24

Bluebottle

You can get ice-cream in a pint but not an smiley - ale?

Food laws are strangely amusing - in Ireland Subway sandwiches* are classed as 'cake' not bread due to the vast sugar content, whereas I've heard that in the US microscopic mints tic tacs, being about 95% sugar, are labelled 'sugar free'.smiley - weird

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* Subway I've always found to be disappointing as they lack the only sauce I'd want to have with a salad sandwich, which is salad cream.


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 25

Baron Grim

Subway is horrible, and I'm not talking about their food.

http://youtu.be/jDdYFhzVCDM


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 26

paulh. Trump's behavior is unpresidented

I enjoyed that John Oliver video when it first came out. Subway's business model doesn't inspire confidence. smiley - sadface


What are your thoughts on the new calorie labels in UK restaurants?

Post 27

Teasswill

The 100g values are really useful when comparing products to see eg which has least sugar/fat or most protein/fibre, where it is either a 'single' portion, or large pack.

As far as restaurants go, i'd far rather have fat/sugar info than simple calories. I'm also sometimes surprised at the amount of each item mentioned in the menu description when the meal appears eg huge piece of meat, hardly any veg.


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