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Food nutrition labels haven’t changed in 20 years. But Michelle Obama sees a need for change.
As part of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity initiative, Michelle Obama promoted a proposal for new nutrition labels for many popular foods. The goal is for the labels “to more accurately reflect what people actually eat,” reports The Huffington Post. On the new labels, calorie counts would be more prominent. And for the first time, labels will have to list any sugars added by manufacturers.
Take ice cream, for example. The serving size would increase from a half cup to a cup, meaning the calorie listing on the label would also double. More often than not, a person will eat a whole cup of ice cream rather than stop when there’s that big chunk of chocolate chip cookie dough staring them in the face. According to the Food and Drug Administration, serving sizes must, by law, be based on actual consumption, not some suggested servings.
“Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said the First Lady, who talked up the changes at the White House while celebrating the fourth anniversary of her “Let’s Move” campaign. She also announced new Agriculture Department rules that would reduce the promotion of less-healthful foods in schools.
While the new labels will be less cluttered or, as FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, called them “a more user-friendly version,” don’t expect to see them at the grocery store any time soon.
It could take years. First, the FDA will review comments on the proposal for 90 days. A final rule could be a year away. Then, once finalized, the FDA has proposed allowing the industry two years to comply.
It is expected to cost food companies about $2 billion to revise labels make the new labels.
“The FDA offered two labels in its proposal — one that looks similar to the current version but is shorter and clearer and another that groups the nutrients into a ‘quick facts’ category for things like fat, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins,” reports the HuffPo.
The proposed labels will also include an “avoid too much” grouping for saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugar, and a “get enough” category with vitamin D, potassium, calcium, iron and fiber. Most experts say Americans aren’t getting enough potassium and vitamin D while vitamin C and vitamin A listings are no longer necessary.
The most important change will be on serving sizes. With the new labels, both 12-ounce and 20-ounce sodas would be listed as one serving, and foods usually consumed in one sitting — such as a bag of chips, can of soup or frozen entree— would either be considered a single serving or would list nutrient data both by serving and by container.
Another big revision is the inclusion of added sugars. The Agriculture Department’s 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans report that added sugars contribute an average of 16 percent of the total calories in U.S. diets, but they’re merely empty calories.
More people are reading labels. A new study by the Agriculture Department study said 42 percent of working adults always read or read most of the time in 2009 and 2010, an increase from 34 percent two years earlier.
Do you read nutrition labels?
There are times when you hear a rumor and instantly know that there’s some truth to it. There are other times when you hear a humor and wonder, “Where the heck did that come from?” The latest and most outrageous rumor to hit the Internet in a while is one that places Beyoncé and President Barack Obama in an adulterous affair.
The rumors supposedly began with French paparazzo, Pascal Rostain, who claimed that The Washington Post had big plans of publishing a full spread exposing the passionate affair sometime this week.
“You know, at this time, in the United States, there is something big that is happening,” Pascal revealed according to RumorFix. “It’ll go out tomorrow in The Washington Post — we can say that it is not the gutter press — an alleged affair between President Barack Obama and Beyoncé,”
“First, there are still or television images of the Obama couple becoming a little distant,” he reportedly explained. “It is legitimate to ask questions. We found the same thing, always through images, between [French President] Hollande and [his partner Valerie Trierweiler]. Afterwards, there was the rumor. Same for Obama and Beyonce, for example. Just because it’s a rumor doesn’t mean that one should not go in the field to check. We should not forget Marilyn [Monroe] or Monica Lewinsky.”
The alleged story, never ran. The allegations were so wild that we didn’t really expect anyone from Bey’s camp to even acknowledge them. But when RumorFix reached out to her reps, they surprisingly got a response—a slightly comical response, but a response nonetheless.
“Must be a very difficult thing to constantly ask absurd questions,” said the rep.
So yeah, Bey isn’t Olivia Pope-ing it up with President Obama.
‘You’re More Confident, You Know Yourself More:’ Michelle Obama Talks The Benefits Of Turning 50 And Valentine’s Day Plans
A few weeks ago Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday with a series of fun-filled activities. During a recent interview with E! the stunning mom of two opened up about life at 50, her fitness routine and what she and the POTUS have planned for Valentine’s Day. Check out her interview highlights below.
On turning 50:
“You’re more confident, you know yourself more, you’re not concerned about what other people think. And if you’ve taken care of your health, many times you can be in the best shape you’ve been in…You watch your kids grow up and I know, my girls, they’re starting to become real people with opinions and it’s just so much fun to talk to them now.”
On her workout routine:
“Barack and I work out together every single morning. I get up in the morning, usually either right before the kids go to school or right after, and I do about an hour and a half workout. I try to do 45 minutes of cardio and then whatever I’m doing that day.”
On their Valentine’s Day plans:
“This year, again, I’ve had this big birthday celebration—my husband really celebrated me so well—he did a great job. I had a great couple of weeks, so I think we’re going to low-key it for Valentine’s Day. We have been married for 21 years and he never forgets a Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday. He’s really good at that kind of stuff.”
On what she thinks of ‘Scandal:’
“I hadn’t watched it until this past vacation and we went to Hawaii…so [we] had a long flight [and] I watched all the seasons,” she shared. “I love Kerry Washington. She is amazing, so it makes the show fun.”
Gold star for Barack ! He’s the President of the United States and still never manages to miss important dates in his relationship? Kudos to him!
“Scandal” is one of those shows that sucks you in so much that when an episode concludes, you kind of have to give yourself a little shake and make a mental note that it’s all fiction. While she may be based on a real-life “fixer,” our beloved Olivia Pope is not a real person. For the most part, even the most devoted Gladiator realizes that while the overall theme of some of the stories illustrated on the show were pulled from actual headlines, a lot of the details and heart-pounding craziness comes strictly from the imaginations of Shonda Rhimes and those über talented writers that she has on staff.
According to The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer, President Obama and Mrs. O recently began watching the hit ABC drama. While it offers great entertainment, during a discussion about what he thought of the series, he expressed that it isn’t reflective of what’s really going down in the nation’s capital.
Well that’s relieving. I would probably run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they would not be too pleased to find out that Obama had real-life Olivia Pope that he was creeping off to see. Not to mention all of the other scandalous deeds that happen on the show. I’d love to hear Lady O’s take on the series though.
Lately there’s been a lot of attention cast on the celebrity men who dip out their spouses or girlfriends for a little loving on the side but there’s little mention of the men who stay faithful – or at least appear to be… Here’s our list of 15 faithful celebrity men who we never hear cheating rumors about.
Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president on January 20, 2009 but long before he was known as the first Black leader of the Free World, he was a husband to wife Michelle. The two met when Michelle was assigned to mentor a young Barack, who was a summer associate. Their first date was a trip to the theater to catch Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and ever since the couple wed in October of ’92, Barack has done the right thing by his wife. They have two daughters together and while he has probably the most stressful job in America, the President and his First Lady appear to be just as in love living in the White House as the day they got married.
MN Exclusive: President Obama’s Brother, Mark Obama Ndesandjo, Talks Domestic Violence Endured By Their Father
President Obama’s half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo is a skillful pianist, author and businessman. Educated at Brown, Stanford and Emory Universities, he uses his skills to create art, pen memoirs, and teach the arts to orphans in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China. After living there for 12 years, Ndesandjo says living in China helped find himself, whereas growing up in Kenya taught him survival skills and America overwhelmed him as he attempted to navigate the academic and dating scene.
In 2009, Nedesandjo published his semi-autobiographical novel, Nairobi to Shenzhen. Currently, he is preparing for his new memoir Cultures :My Odyssey of Self-Discovery to be published worldwide February 2014. On the heels of that release, we spoke with Ndesandjo about the book’s intimate details of the domestic violence he and his mother endured from Barack Obama, Sr. — the father he shares with President Obama.
What purpose will your memoir serve to you and the general public?
Michelle Obama, my sister-in-law called me the “wayward one.” She was joking gently but I think she was curious about my background. Although I am of mixed race, I zig-zaged from Kenya to America and now I am living in China. Because I was able to move across cultures, I have observed how people tend to find themselves. In doing so, I wanted to tell my story instead of other people telling it for me. Gandhi once said “To find yourself, you have to lose yourself at the service of others.” It is a really interesting point because my book brings out some real issues that can hopefully help other families to resolve their own challenges. I want my book to showcase the importance of helping others and combating domestic violence.
Does your brother (President Obama) approve of you writing it?
Before Barack became President he told me “go live your life.” My writing has been a tool for me to express how I feel about my family. We all often grow up with our own ideas of how our family is.
What were your thoughts on President Obama’s memoir “Dreams From My Father?”
I actually read his memoir a few years ago. To read a memoir about someone very close to you or a family member takes courage. It will take courage from him to read my book because we both have touched upon things that hit close to home. Barack and I disagree on things when it comes to our personal history. For example, at the time of Barack’s memoir he was trying to develop his political identity. He wanted to reconcile different cultures, to find the best of both cultures that were a part of him. Using our father’s identity, Barack then created his own. When I read the book, I found out there were a lot of things (at least regarding me and my family) that were not accurate. That said, we all have ways of looking at things. It is very natural. I see him as my brother, I don’t always see him as the President. There is always that difference and it is hard to grasp at times.
How do you portray your father in your book versus President Obama’s portrayal?
My book will show the reality of living in Kenya because I grew up there with my father. The portrait that is presented by Barack in his memoir of our father is a huge difference in how I portray our father. Our father is a man of great disillusion. In other words, I am referring to the drinking and domestic violence. In my book, chapters two and three are titled: “My Parents: A Failed Elopement” and “Dissolution: Johnnie Walker Black Label”. Johnnie Walker, Black Label is the whiskey he drank very often, almost daily. I remember him being around more through his scent of the whiskey than his actual face or presence. These are details that I do not think Barack has come to terms with.
President Barack Obama is tops with Americans, according to a new Gallup poll. He and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have again been named the two most admired people in the world, Americans say.
Obama’s not the first U.S. president to be so honored. “The sitting president has won 57 times in the past 67 years that the question has been asked,” reports ABC News.
According to 16 percent of those polled Obama is the most admired man, followed not-so-closely by former President George W. Bush with a mere four percent of the vote. And Pope Francis, of whom 69 percent of Americans approve, according to a recent ABC News-Washington Post poll, has tied with Bush.
“Given his relative youth at age 52, the esteem in which Americans hold former presidents, and his historical significance as the first African-American president, should he live a long life he likely will also rank among the men with the most top 10 appearances for all time,” Gallup notes.
Obama’s number have dropped though. In 2012 30 percent said Obama, who has been named the most admired man for six consecutive years, was the most admired.
Clinton has named the most admired woman for 12 years straight. She has taken the title 18 times since 1993, more than any other woman in Gallup’s history. And she has been in the top 10 most admired 22 times.
But, this year was the first time that she has been the most admired woman while not holding an official government role, according to Gallup.
The top-10 most admired women list also included: Oprah Winfrey (six percent), Michelle Obama (five percent), Sarah Palin (also five percent), Malala Yousafzai, the teenager who survived a Taliban attack in Pakistan (two percent), Condoleezza Rice (also two percent), and with on percent each, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (one percent), Angelina Jolie, Duchess Kate, and Queen Elizabeth II.
Though celebrity couples seem to come and go every day, pets are without a doubt the constant loving presence in many famous folks’ lives. With that said, here’s a look at some of our favorite celebrities and their pets.
‘He Didn’t Unite Us, He Did The Exact Opposite:’ Stacey Dash Says Obama Worsened Race Relations In America
Yes, she’s still talking.
By now we’re all pretty aware that Stacey Dash isn’t crazy about President Obama or the Democratic party. She rarely ever passes up an opportunity to let this be known. During a recent interview with Adam Carolla, Stacey expressed that she believes the nation’s first Black President not only failed to help unite us, but he’s actually contributes to division in this country.
“[In 2008] I voted for Obama and I have to say, I got ‘blacked’ into it. I didn’t know anything about him, but I just knew we needed a Black president. I thought, ‘He has a way to unite us in such a profound dynamic.’ But he didn’t [unite us]. He did the exact opposite,” said the former “Single Ladies” actress.
“There’s been more racial conversation over last five years than we’ve ever had before,” Carolla added Carolla. “If Hillary Clinton gets elected … I suspect there’s gonna be four years of feminist talk. It’ll be found in every story.”
Stacey; however, made it clear that she wants no parts of Hillary getting elected in 2016.
“I don’t want it. I hope not,” said Stacey. “There will be a big excuse on this big huge platform to say, ‘You’re doing this because she’s the President. She’s a woman, you don’t like it.”
Despite being ripped to shreds on social media, Dash says she definitely does not regret voting for and endorsing Mitt Romney during the 2012 elections—adding that it’s racist to vote for someone based on the color of their skin.
“I feel like I did the right thing,” she told Carolla. “It’s not a form of racism, it is racism. Racism is racism is racism. You should be able to make a choice based on the content of someone’s character, not the color of their skin.”
She also seemed to imply that Black people should get over racial inequality because that time has passed.
“It’s not 1965,” said Dash. “We’ve won that battle. We should move on.”
Singer and shock celebrity Miley Cyrus is one of the top ten contenders for Time Person of the Year. Yes, you read right. Along with Bashar Assad, President of Syria; Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder; Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church; and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Cyrus is in the running.
Last year’s winner, President Barack Obama (who was also the 2008 pick) is once again on the list as is Edward Snowden, the infamous N.S.A. Leaker; gay rights activist Edith Windsor; Texas Senator Ted Cruz; and Hassan Rouhani, President of Iran.
Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the short list on the Today Show this morning. Obama is the only person who appeared on last year’s short list to also make this year’s. “His predecessor in the White House, Franklin D. Roosevelt, is the only person to receive the title three times,” reports Time.
In 1927, Time selected its first “Man of the Year” in 1927. Now called “Person Of The Year,” the honor goes to the person who Time’s editors think most influenced the news this year–for good or bad.
In a reader’s poll last week, Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, was selected as their Person of the Year. The Today Show is also hosting its own poll for the final candidates.
Time’s Person of the Year 2013 will be announced on the Today Show Wednesday morning.