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FDA Warns Hershey Over Chocolate Syrup Claims

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Hershey Co about making nutritional claims about its chocolate syrups that don't meet regulatory guild lines.

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QuickFit Tip Of The Day

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Learn to read (The ingredients)! Before you put anything in your mouth read the ingredients! If the first few are things like fructose, sucrose, maltodextrin or hydrogenated anything, skip it! It is not food, it is a food-like substitute.

- Celebrity yoga instructor and founder of Sol Power Yoga, Jessica James

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EXCLUSIVE: Read Yo' Labels!

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Reading labels is super duper important for moms! You especially want to know what's inside that packaged food if your kid has allergies.

Perezitos's nutrition expert Margaux has some tips on what to AVOID when reading labels.

Margaux says:

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What Parents With Young Children Should Check The Nutrition Label For

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Those little black and white labels on the back of food boxes list a whole lot of nutrients, so it's not hard to become confused as to what nutrients actually matter — especially for a baby!

A FitPerez reader shopping for a child consulted Ashley Koff, R.D., asking:

So what should people look out for when they are looking at labels for babies?

According to Ashley:

In the ideal world, you aren't looking at labels for babies. If you are, then look to see if there is any sodium/salt added to the product. (There doesn't need to be at all. It would only be used for taste or for preservative, and you can buy frozen which naturally preserves without need for salt.) Food, if fresh, should be an appealing taste (or blend it with something). As more foods are introduced, focus on whether the food item needs salt in it, and where sodium appears on the ingredient list. It should be near the bottom meaning the least amount in the recipe just like you would do if you were making it at home.

For more tips and nutrition advice, check out Ashley's website!

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Meat Labels Will Show Nutrition Facts In 2012

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Meat Labels Will Show Nutrition Facts In 2012

We can’t believe nutrition labels haven’t found there way onto meat packaging before this!!

The Agriculture Department will start requiring many meat labels to show nutrition facts starting in 2012 in an attempt to help consumers when they shop.

The rule applies to 40 of the most popular cuts of meat and poultry, such as ground beef.

Said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack:

"More and more, busy American families want nutrition information that they can quickly and easily understand. We need to do all we can to provide nutrition labels that will help consumers make informed decisions."

We TOTALLY support this! Hopefully this will help people pick leaner cuts of meat when they’re at the store!

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"Natural" Food Labels Likely To Start Receiving More Attention From Regulators

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What does "natural" really mean, anyway?

Market research company Mintel predicts that the term "natural" on food labels will start getting increased attention from federal regulators very soon.

Here's what the FDA had to say about the meaning of "natural" with regards to food:

"From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is 'natural' because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances."

We hope regulators DO crack down on overly flexible usage of the term "natural." Too many foods have misleading labels.

We're totally on board, regulators! Let's make this happen!

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