Not even the government knows what ‘healthy’ actually means

Is “healthy” the most subjective word in the English language?

That’s certainly the case when it comes to food labels, with the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of the term “healthy” dating back to 1994.

A good deal has, of course, changed in the decades since, especially when it comes to nutrition.

Now, the FDA is seeking input on what “healthy” means for food today, opening the debate up to public comment on Wednesday.

Current guidelines for calling food any variant on the word “healthy” (“healthier,” for example) define certain fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and in some cases, nutrient levels.

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