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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The “Natural” Food Label (oh, and I was on NBC Nightly News!)

Hey everybody. So, uh, I was on NBC Nightly News tonight. No biggie. Lester Holt and I are like this.

NBC Nightly News - Natural Food Labels - Jane Maynard

Okay, not really. And it is just plain crazy and fun that I was on NBC Nightly News! My cousin just texted and was like, “I just saw you on NBC News! That’s crazy! It blew my mind!!”

I didn’t want to say anything until it aired, because you never know if things will air with network news, but it did and the story is great. Tom Costello reported on the “natural” food label and how it is a non-verified term, i.e. companies can say something is natural and there is no checklist to follow for what that word means. In response to the public, the FDA is considering making natural a verified term. If you want to let the FDA know what you think, the open comment period is happening right now until May 10, 2016. Click here to make a comment (I did!). Right now the word natural is most often misleading and manipulative and, quite honestly, doesn’t mean a darn thing. I don’t even care that much how the FDA ultimately defines the term (although I certainly have opinions on the subject), I just want them to define it so everyone is on the same page. ANYWAY…here’s the news report if you want to see me in my kitchen with my cute kiddos!


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    Stephanie P.

    The more I talk about “eating clean” the more disheartened I am of the products people purchase because the label reads “natural,” or “organic,” or “artisanal” and people think the product must’ve come right from a local farm instead of a corporation, or think because those buzzwords are used, the products are nutritional, or “good” for them.

    As much as I believe people have a responsibility to learn how to read a label, and learn where the food they’re putting into their bodies comes from, I believe the FDA can aid in all the confusion by putting some regulations on these labels.

    Thank you Jane, for helping us have a voice!

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    rock star!!!! woohoo!!! ok but they were at your house for over 3 hours and only 2 minutes??? I wanted to see more πŸ˜‰ ok anyways you are famous!!! <3

    • I knew it would only be literally seconds of screen time…was nervous about what they would pick, relieved with how it came out! πŸ˜‰ thanks, you sweet friend.

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    Great to see you, Jane! Made me miss you more than usual! Also, yes, I would like some guacamole, thanks.

  4. 4

    Jane, you are my favorite TV star, blog phenom ever!!! Miss seeing your pretty face! But mostly miss talking to you guys! Love you!

  5. Whaaaaa? That is the coolest thing EVER!!!!

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    Yay for you Jane! Thank you for helping to shine a light on this important topic.

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