We wonder if we'll be happy OR unhappy with what we find out.
The U.S. Dept of Agriculture announced today that starting Jan 1 2012, meats will require nutrition labels.
The labels will tell you everything you always wanted to know about meat (but were afraid to ask). They'll include information on calories and fat cals, total fat and saturated fat, protein, sodium, and vitamins.
Here's what New York University professor of nutrition Marion Nestle had to say about the new labels:
"This will be very helpful to people who are bewildered by what's in meat, but people will be quite shocked at the calories and fat."
Here's what Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack had to say about the labels:
"There's a growing concern about the growing problem of obesity. So I think it is appropriate for us to provide as much concrete information to consumers as we possibly can, without overwhelming them, so they can make good solid decisions about how many calories they're consuming and how much activity they need."
As long as you continue to eat meat in moderation, and stay away from overly fatty cuts, we're thinking there's no reason to get TOO nervous to learn the truth
but maybe just a little nervous.
Tags: calories, cuts, fatty, marion nestle, meat, new york university, nutrition labels, obesity, tom vilsack, us department of agriculture