Nutrition Facts on Beer?
Well, it might seem strange, but, it’s probably a good idea. According to the Associated Press the United States is looking to require detailed nutrition labels on packaged alcohol. Lauren Sheppard reports:
According to the proposed rule being published Tuesday for public comment, labels on all alcoholic beverages , from beer cans to wine bottles , would include a statement of the drink's percentage of alcohol by volume.For Dr. Fuhrman’s thoughts on alcohol, check out Alcohol and Your Health.
The labels would also include a "serving facts" panel, which would list the number of calories, carbohydrates, fat and protein for a standard serving size.
Companies could also choose to disclose the amount of pure alcohol, or ethyl alcohol, per serving.
Currently, labels on all liquor and on wine with more than 14 percent alcohol by volume must disclose at least the alcohol content, but that information is not required on beer labels, except in some states. However, if a brewer wants its beer to be labeled as a "light" beer, the label must show its caloric content and the percent of alcohol per volume.
Guy Smith, executive vice president at Diageo PLC, which sells brands including Smirnoff, Jose Cuervo and Guinness, called the proposal "a giant and very positive step in the right direction" for the alcohol industry.
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