How to read nutrition labels correctlyBy Janet Brill, Ph.D, R.D.
Flipping over soup cans and cereal boxes to scan the nutrition info before buying them (or putting them back on the shelf) may be so routine that it seems you've been doing it forever, but that little box listing calories, fat, and other stats is only a young adult: It's been 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required companies to display the nutrition facts label on packages.
While this is a significant milestone, the label still has a long way to go in my opinion as far as being a really easy way to eyeball exactly what's in the food you put in your mouth. In honor of the nutrition label's birthday, I came up with my top four changes that I would implement to make the rectangular box more helpful.
1. Use Correct Food Form
Is it me or does anyone else have trouble figuring out the calories and serving sizes of popcorn? The FDA only requires the stats for unpopped popcorn (who gnaws down on that?) and leaves it to