Canned soup, popcorn, sports drinks — these are just some of the products that are often consumed as a whole, despite the label’s suggestion that there are multiple servings inside. The FDA’s full proposal for label updates is over 100 pages and will be reviewed in a later post. One of the most interesting proposed changes affects serving sizes:
Change the serving size requirements to reflect how people eat and drink today, which has changed since serving sizes were first established 20 years ago. By law, the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat, not on what they “should” be eating.
As a hypothetical exercise, I took a few favorite products and used MyFitnessPal’s nutrition database to calculate what the labels would say if they really did reflect how people really eat.