Posted on January 26, 2013 at 5:25 PM
WASHINGTON -- The federal government's latest research shows consumers are misreading food labels -- and may be consuming more calories than they think.
The Food and Drug Administration surveyed thousands of consumer, many of whom said they find some of the information confusing, particularly when it comes to calories and serving size.
For example, sometimes a single cookie or muffin contains two servings.
The FDA is also considering a larger font size for numbers that show calories and removing the "calories from fat" section, which is difficult for consumers to understand.
"I agree with that," says Melanie Desapri, a Registered Dietitian at University Hospitals Medical Center. "I think they get very confused by the percent calories from fat. So I think just the total calories would be beneficial for them."