Take for example, oatmeal. Instant oatmeal with added flavors and sugars can use the FDA-approved claim that this is a food product which helps fight heart disease. So we would see that seal of FDA approval and think, "this is a healthy choice." However, take the same amount of instant oatmeal and decrease the added sugar content and the claim cannot be made that it is a hearth-healthy food product. Even though the food product that makes this a healthier choice is the oatmeal. The reality is that the ratio of fat becomes greater than the sugar content when we remove the added sugar, which offsets the amount of fat in the serving, thus making it less healthy — according to FDA's standards of health. What fat, you may be asking? Why, the fat found naturally in oats, of course. So, when we add in sugar, which we know is not a heart-healthy food choice, then the ratios of fat is altered and in this bright little gray area is the marketing ability to approve sugar-laden instant oatmeal as a healthier choice than the no sugar added alternative — err, original. Of course, after Quaker pointed this out to the FDA and food companies, health officials and other secret agencies were contacted to ask “Are we OK with this being the rule,” millions of tax dollars were spent in researching this gray area and now both food products can carry the claim they are good for your heart, sugar sweetened marshmallow delight instant oatmeal is now just as healthy for you as old fashioned oatmeal you were chocking down before school as a child.
Food labels also have no age requirement to ensure you are old enough to know you are about to ingest a toxic substance. After all, that is why cigarettes and alcohol have age requirements on them, isn’t it? The FDA feels it is adequate in doing their job on protecting us by allowing their necessities to be slightly modified to labels instead of removal. In fact, to alter a label or health claim they need to go through litigation procedures to enforce or state anything positive, health wise.