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FDA may adjust serving size info

In addition to pushing for nutrition labeling on the front of packaged foods, the FDA is also hoping to tackle misleading portion-size information, the New York Times reports today. "The problem is important because the standard serving size shown on a package determines all the other nutritional values on the label, including calorie counts. If the serving size is smaller than what people really eat, unless they study the label carefully they may think they are getting fewer calories or other nutrients than they are."

Accurately and prominently displaying serving size on foods could go a long way toward helping people avoid excess calories by understanding and practicing portion control ... for example, seeing up front that a muffin you're about to eat is actually "supposed" to serve 2, or knowing how much is considered a single serving of chips or ice cream.

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