In an effort to address a growing obesity problem in the U.S., with more than one-third of Americans classifying as obese and many more falling into the overweight category, the CDC's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends that retailers and food manufacturers should reduce food portion sizes and get creative with packaging to encourage more precise portion control, including single-serve units and resealable packs.
Food labels that claim low calories are often just shrinking the serving size of the food, not making it healthier, writes Betsy Craig. But customers aren't catching on and continue to snatch up the products without regarding the portion size. "Health framing" has also been employed on restaurant menus, with chefs displaying calories but being fuzzy on how many portions one meal contains.
People who eat larger portions of food less frequently are at a higher risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol, a U.S. study showed. Researchers also discovered irregular cardiovascular conditions and higher blood sugar levels in people who eat large servings of food once a day compared with those who consume small portions three times a day. In response, GMA has encouraged its members to enforce a standardized portion size for all of their processed food packaging.
Selling its door-to-door dairy service to rival Dairy Crest appears to have benefited Arla Foods UK, which has subsequently seen significant growth recently. The company was also warned by parent group Arla Foods to improve business.
Frito-Lay will introduce 100-Calorie Mini Bites of its original Doritos, Cheetos and SunChips snacks. Pepsico is one of the many companies, including Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble Co. and Coca-Cola Co., to offer portion-control packaging.