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Healthy INSIDER Podcast 31: Defining ‘Healthy’ in America


FDA seeks to update the way the term “healthy” is used on the labels of foods sold in the United States, as explained in an enforcement guidance document released in September 2016. In this guidance, FDA expanded the list of nutrients that can be included in “healthy,” which were originally outlined in 1993. In addition, FDA updated its thinking on the health effects of certain types of fat. In this podcast, Ivan Wasserman, partner, Amin Talati Upadhye, and Sandy Almendarez, editor in chief, INSIDER, discuss FDA’s action on the word “healthy,” including:

  • FDA’s movements against KIND LLC using the word “healthy” on its labelling, and the argument the bar brand made that allowed it to keep the term on its packaging.
  • The definition of nutrient-content claims and how “low carb” claims are technically misbranded.
  • FDA’s traditional thinking of the term “healthy,” which determined it could only be used for products that contained certain nutrients and didn’t contain excess levels of other ingredients.

The shift of FDA’s thinking on what is beneficial for human health, and how the agency is better aligning its practices with the way consumers view their wellness.

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This podcast was recorded at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) annual conference in October 2016, and INSIDER apologized for the poor audio quality.

*BONUS* stay to the end of the podcast to hear a surprise song in line with the CRN Conference karaoke tradition.  

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