What is healthy? The FDA is finally going to figure it out.
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The federal agency announced this week that it will redefine what makes a food “healthy.” It’s a move that makes sense, considering the current guidelines were written in the ‘90s—a time when fat was the culprit and things like fat-free puddings and any cereal that boasted “fortified” were considered healthy options. Perhaps even more jaw-dropping: Under the current definitions and guidelines, foods like almonds, avocados and salmon are not considered “healthy.”
“We believe now is an opportune time to re-evaluate regulations concerning nutrient content claims, generally, including the term ‘healthy,’” the FDA said in a statement to The Wall Street Journal.
According to the Journal, the FDA is planning on asking the public for their input on the subject. But one move they’ve already made: KIND bars can keep the word “healthy” on their labels (they had previously been ordered to remove the word since, according to the standards, the bars exceeded regulatory standards for saturated fat content). Healthy fats for the win.