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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nutritional labeling? Doesn't work.

While reading through various portions of the healthcare bill passed by Congress last night I came across the section on new labeling requirements. Starting on page 1151 there are various requirements for restaurants and vending machines as to how and what must carry nutritional information. Presumably they feel this will reduce peoples inclination to eat too many calories or food stuffs that carry little to no nutritional value, therefore reducing obesity and diseases related to obesity.

Unfortunately, the people who would benefit most from this information are the least likely to use it. A prime example of an out-of-touch government applying out-dated and costly fixes to a problem, only to realize after that they do nothing to address the actual issue.

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