Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Myth: The Nutrition Facts label is never updated.

Answer: BUSTED!

The FDA just announced that they plan to publish a proposed rule to update the Nutrition Facts label by the end of 2012. This rule will reflect the FDA’s ideas about how to change the Nutrition Facts label. It is expected that the FDA will look at serving sizes, daily values and format changes. In addition, they might add new nutrients to the label.

Nutrition Facts label
The Nutrition Facts panel began appearing on foods in 1991. Since then there has only been minor tweaking of the label, including the addition of trans fat information.

Remember that the Nutrition Facts label is a requirement by the government for manufacturers. This information differs from various front-of-packaging labels that groups of manufacturers and other entities have added to packages recently. One example of this type of labeling is Facts Up Front. This front-of-packaging labeling is not required by the government and is voluntary.

For more information about making healthy food choices, visit

Contributor: Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., Associate State Specialist, University of Missouri Extension,, 573-882-1933

Monday, February 27, 2012

Myth: My breast milk won't be good because I don't eat healthy foods.

Answer: BUSTED!

You do not have to eat the perfect diet in order to make superior milk for your baby. Many women in underdeveloped countries with restricted diets make superior milk for their babies. The body can sacrifice and still make superior milk without the intake of a perfect diet.

For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding, see Breastfeeding benefits baby and mother on the MissouriFamilies website.

To contact a breastfeeding expert go to

Contributors: Mary Keels, IBCLC, Dietetic Intern MDHSS; Denise Schmitz, M.A., R.D., MU Extension Nutrition & Health Education Specialist,