Michelle Obama's nutrition label guidelines 'lacks scientific rigor'

New nutritional label guidelines have been finalized by the FDA and many scientists are saying they are not based on sound science.

The altered nutritional labels are part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. 

Washington Free Beacon:

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

In her remarks, Mrs. Obama called the added sugar change to the label the “most important of all.”

The regulation requires calorie amounts to be larger, and companies will have two years to begin including “added sugars” in order to “help consumers know how much sugar is added to the product during the processing of foods,” the White House said.

A letter critical of the new label signed by a dozen scientists, including Roger Clemens, a member of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and Eric A. Decker, the head of the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget. The scientists said the new label is “misleading,” and note that it was based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, whose committee did not include a single expert on sugars.

“We are concerned that U.S. public health policy in this area may be progressing down a path that history suggests to be counterproductive,” the scientists wrote. “Specifically, the FDA’s proposed rule revising the Nutrition Facts Label with regard to an added sugars declaration and the establishment of a dietary reference value (DRV) of 10 percent lacks both the scientific rigor based on careful consideration or evidence-based reviews and a thorough appraisal of unintended consequences that will surely arise.”

“The FDA has stated its proposals are based on conclusions from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2015 DGAC),” they said. “In addition to the widely controversial nature of its report, it is critical to note that this committee did not include a single member with a specific expertise in sugars (or any carbohydrate) metabolism. As nutrition scientists and health professionals, we feel this is of significant concern.”

Lack of "scientific rigor..."evidence based reviews"..."unintended consequences"...it sure sounds like Mrs. Obama blew it big time. And how appropriate is it that there were no scientists expert in sugars on the panel? 

This is a clear case of scientists bending to the will of politicians. Mrs. Obama has substituted junk science that conforms to her view that sugars are a no no, for rigorous scientific review of the evidence that may or may not confirm her beliefs.

And they call conservatives "anti-science."

 

New nutritional label guidelines have been finalized by the FDA and many scientists are saying they are not based on sound science.

The altered nutritional labels are part of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative. 

Washington Free Beacon:

“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”

In her remarks, Mrs. Obama called the added sugar change to the label the “most important of all.”

The regulation requires calorie amounts to be larger, and companies will have two years to begin including “added sugars” in order to “help consumers know how much sugar is added to the product during the processing of foods,” the White House said.

A letter critical of the new label signed by a dozen scientists, including Roger Clemens, a member of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and Eric A. Decker, the head of the Department of Food Science at the University of Massachusetts, was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget. The scientists said the new label is “misleading,” and note that it was based on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines, whose committee did not include a single expert on sugars.

“We are concerned that U.S. public health policy in this area may be progressing down a path that history suggests to be counterproductive,” the scientists wrote. “Specifically, the FDA’s proposed rule revising the Nutrition Facts Label with regard to an added sugars declaration and the establishment of a dietary reference value (DRV) of 10 percent lacks both the scientific rigor based on careful consideration or evidence-based reviews and a thorough appraisal of unintended consequences that will surely arise.”

“The FDA has stated its proposals are based on conclusions from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2015 DGAC),” they said. “In addition to the widely controversial nature of its report, it is critical to note that this committee did not include a single member with a specific expertise in sugars (or any carbohydrate) metabolism. As nutrition scientists and health professionals, we feel this is of significant concern.”

Lack of "scientific rigor..."evidence based reviews"..."unintended consequences"...it sure sounds like Mrs. Obama blew it big time. And how appropriate is it that there were no scientists expert in sugars on the panel? 

This is a clear case of scientists bending to the will of politicians. Mrs. Obama has substituted junk science that conforms to her view that sugars are a no no, for rigorous scientific review of the evidence that may or may not confirm her beliefs.

And they call conservatives "anti-science."