The food industry has reacted quickly to the FDA’s threatened crackdown on front of package labeling. On October 24, the New York Times reported PepsiCo is suspending its controversial SmartChoicesâ„˘ food labeling program. Featured on foods as laughable as Froot Loopsâ„˘ cereal boxes, logo programs like PepsiCo’s SmartSpot and their General Mills’ SmartChoices are industry-sponsored icons intended to override the nutritional deficits played out on the Nutrition Facts panel on the side of such packaging.
- Dietary Fiber: look for 3 grams or more of dietary fiber per serving of starchy bread foods
- Ingredient List: look for “whole grain” or “whole wheat” as the first ingredient in starchy bread foods