Yes, that intro makes it sound like I’m about to launch into a really bad toast, but it also proves a point: The definition of “healthy” is pretty ambiguous – especially if a brand plans on using it on the label of a food product. Who’s to say if, for example, eating an entire quart of ice cream isn’t conducive to the condition of being sound in spirit? Sometimes it is, right?
Well, in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration thinks they should be the ones to determine the meaning of the word, though they admit that even what they believe it should mean has shifted over time. So as part of the FDA’s recent changes to Nutrition Facts labels, today the government organization announced it is “looking at how we define the claim ‘healthy,’” making sure that the criteria for the claim “stays up to date.”