These 7 Brands Turned Out Not To Meet The FDA's 'Healthy' Labeling Standards
Americans and Europeans grew up knowing that it's healthy to start the day with breakfast cereals like cereal and raisin bran. However, research has proven otherwise.
The guidance was proposed after the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, “as well as the release of the related national strategy, which aims to end hunger, improve nutrition and physical activity, reduce diet-related diseases and close disparity gaps by 2030,” the FDA wrote in a press release.
There are some criteria in FDA guidelines for a food to be considered 'healthy'. According to the guidelines, for a food to be labeled as 'healthy'; Cereals need three-quarters ounces of whole grains and more than 1 gram of saturated fat, 230 milligrams of sodium and 2.5 grams of added sugar.
7 common American brands that do not meet the 'healthy' label standards in line with these criteria:
- Raisin Bran (9 grams of added sugars)
- Honey Nut Cheerios (12 grams of added sugars)
- Corn Flakes (300 milligrams of sodium; 4 grams of added sugars)
- Honey Bunches of Oats, Honey Roasted (8 grams of added sugars)
- Frosted Mini Wheats (12 grams of added sugars)
- Life (8 grams of added sugars)
- Special K (270 milligrams of sodium; 4 grams of added sugars)
Making a statement on the subject, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becera; “Nutrition is key to improving the health of our nation. Healthy foods can reduce our risk of chronic disease. However, many people may not know what healthy food is. This move by the FDA will help educate more Americans to improve health outcomes, tackle health inequalities and save lives."