One unintended side effect, as The Washington Post reports, is a huge added expense to the food and beverage industries. Here is that analysis. That will raises prices in a field where there is already sticker shot. Last night, on line in the supermarket, a mother with twins observed that she can't afford to have any more children because of how the price of whatever has been galloping upwards. I agreed since I had bypassed buying red peppers which were now beyond my budget.
But, labeling won't automatically generate healthy eating and therefore lower the nation's healthcare bill. That's because what's "healthy" for one person or even represents balanced nutrition could be dangerous for another.
This week I found out I was a death march. I had seen the medical doctor for a possible thyroid problem. As he scanned the test results he veered sideways. He assessed it was carbs which were pushing me toward diabetes. Yet, based on what I had been reading I assumed I had embraced healthy eating.
This was my second encounter with food reality. A year ago another medical doctor assessed my focus on calories was relatively meaningless. It was the fat content which I had to shift attention to if I wanted to stay on the right side of the grass.
A writer about business, I have finally gotten it that when it comes to healthy eating I am nutritionally illiterate. That shouldn't be. I am a college graduate with advanced degrees. I read about science. All my life I have complied with medical guidance. Yet, it turns out, I have been killing myself with food.