October 1998 Issue

Reading Between the Lines of Health Claims on Foods

Next time you're at the supermarket, look closely at labels. Some packages sport very un-food-like statements. For example, the familiar round box of Quaker Oats says: "Soluble fiber from oatmeal, as part of a low saturated fat, low cholesterol diet, may reduce the risk of heart disease." Such wordy statements are called health claims by the Food and Drag Administration (FDA). They can help flag some foods worth eating. Here, EN sorts out

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