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New nutrition labels could change the way you eat

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Current food label (left) compared to new label (right) Current food label (left) compared to new label (right)

Local experts at Purdue University's Goshen extension say more and more people are being mindful of what's on their nutrition labels. According to America's Health Rankings, Indiana ranks 8th in the nation for obesity. That's compared to the top 5 states like Colorado, New York, and Hawaii.

Nutritionists say the label change proposed Thursday could force food companies to take a second look at what's in their products. It also could lower that obesity number for Indiana. 

Stephanie Polei, an extension educator for Purdue University, says, "Reports are up that more people are paying attention to the nutrition labels, and that makes us think that more people are showing an interest in the nutrition label and people are really paying attention to it."

Food companies will have 2 years to get the new labels printed on their products, but we could start seeing the new labels as early as this summer.

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