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    Does anyone else watch nutrition labels? For years I've found them hard to read and often misleading.

    Soon there's going to be a new version of the nutrition label on food in the US. New information is the "added sugar"--the sugar added to the food, not counting the sugar already in that food. The calorie count is now in much bigger and bolder type too.

    Potassium and vitamin D are now required listings.

    Here's an example of the new label:

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    Haven't seen this one.
    Saw my first, 'Partially Made With GMO'...

    I think I heard something about labeling packages with total amount of calories per package
    and then showing calories per suggested serving.
    Do most people usually eat a recommended serving size?

    NOT ME.
    Oinkers and out

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    People with diabetes pay attention to those labels but maybe others don't bother with them.

    Interesting that the amount of vitamin D now has to be shown. That might be helpful to anyone with MS concerned about vitamin D intake.

    Having the potassium listed will help me particularly. Up to now some food labels gave the potassium content and others didn't.
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    An article in Medical News Today (May 23) explains:

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/310473.php
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    Good to know how much sugars have been added.

    I pay attention to these labels, for sure...

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    I definitely read to see how much sugar they have in there.


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    I also read food labels, but I usually go beyond the 'Nutrition Summary', because I'm normally looking to avoid stuff I can't pronounce/spell/understand.

    Sugar & Salt in modest amounts don't really concern me; in fact, I still 'enjoy' them (from time-to-time).

    But I have no conditions preventing me from doing so, and I can 'get away' with it.

    YMMV

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    Do most people usually eat a recommended serving size?

    NOT ME.
    Oinkers and out
    I usually don't stick with the recommended serving size either, but they are changing what the recommended serving sizes are based upon what people are actually consuming. So perhaps now I'll be closer to the recommended serving size instead of "however much I want"

    Very happy to see the "added sugars" in the new labels. I have known for a couple of years now that I've been consuming too much, but it was hard to figure out where they are coming from so now maybe I can stop yo-yoing and hit my weight goal :)
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    I generally check calories, fat, protein, potassium, vitamin D, sodium and sugar, and I've noticed how tricky the serving size listing can be.

    Why be so careful? With MS and diabetes, I figure that everything
    that goes in is doing something to me, and nobody knows exactly what, and so I try to be careful about what goes in.

    The days are long gone when I just ate whatever, taking pie when pie was passing.
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    For those concerned with using sugar, I found a sugar substitute that looks, tastes, and measures just like real sugar, but is 0 calorie. Not made of any of the bad for you sweeteners. It's called Sweet Choice, and is where the sugar is.

    I use it in making my coleslaw, which I eat daily.
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