Dr. Carlos Monteiro published a scathing critique of food nutrition labels in the US this week in World Nutrition.
Dr. Monteiro argues:
- Products with nutrition labels are often not nourishing;
- Nutrition labels are mystifying;
- “Carbohydrate” is meaningless and misleading;
- “Protein” has no value;
- The presence of vitamins and minerals is often misleading;
- The term “daily value” is misleading;
- Nutrition labelling is intrinsically obscure
Overall, Monteiro views nutrition labels as more like advertising that is meant to convince US consumers to eat more processed foods.
To dig deeper into the problems – and strengths – of nutrition labels, I sat down with Dr. Sheila Viswanathan – GoodGuide’s registered dietitian – to discuss food labeling, and what GoodGuide is doing to respond to its limitations.