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Petition Looks to 'Sweeten' Nutritional Labels

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Petition Looks to 'Sweeten' Nutritional Labels

There is  a petition on Change.org that is requesting the FDA add the number of teaspoons of sugar per serving on food product labels.

According to the website, 59 million Americans are overweight, 40 million are obese and 3 million are morbidly obese. Furthermore, it estimates by 2030 that 42 percent of Americans will be obese, costing the nation $1 trillion in healthcare costs.

"Currently the FDA requires food labeling to be in grams," reads the petition at Change.org. "But most Americans don't understand the metric system. By converting grams to teaspoons, Americans will have a better grasp of how much sugar they are consuming."

The example on the website says that most people shrug at the 40 grams of sugar presented on the label of a soda can but if it were to say 10 teaspoons of sugar, Americans might understand just how much that actually is. The petition currently has 132 signatures.

The petition also calls for the FDA to place nutrition labels on the front of packages, so consumers are sure to see it. These suggestions were made by first lady Michelle Obama in her Facts Up-Front, Front-of-Pack Labeling Initiative.

The initiative was in response to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showing that only 9 percent of people regularly check calorie counts on nutritional information and only 1 percent check the other information on the label.