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The Checkup Archive: Food labeling

Is that right? Menu calorie labels can curb obesity?

Offering calorie information on fast-food menus is the law of the land now, with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which requires fast-food and other chain restaurants to display calorie counts for the foods they sell. The idea, of course, is that people are overeating because they're not aware of how many calories are in a Big Mac, and once they are properly informed they'll choose the salad instead. But does it really work that way?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 18, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Food labeling, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting  
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Is that right? The beef over Taco Bell meat

Does Taco Bell's meat filling contain enough beef to be called "beef"? That's the question raised by a California woman who has hired an Alabama law firm to file a class-action lawsuit (this article contains a link to the PDF) against the fast-food company. Her beef: The meat filling the chain uses in its tacos, burritos and other Mexican-inspired fare, she says, doesn't contain a high enough percentage of actual beef to be legally labeled "beef" according to USDA standards.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 28, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Food labeling, Is That Right?, Nutrition and Fitness  
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Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?

A group of carrot farmers and a big-name ad agency have teamed up to convince kids that baby carrots are the hip new snack food.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Food labeling, Is That Right?, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting, Psychology, School Nutrition, Teens  
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