Ensure nutrition labels have full lists of ingredients with correct amounts

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Big companies are not putting all of the ingredients and correct amounts of nutrients on their nutrition labels.

- U.S. food manufacturers are allowed to state that a product is free of trans-fat, if there is less than 0.5 grams per serving.

-The FDA allows companies to put the amounts of nutrients (calories) on nutrition labels 20 percent in either direction. That means if a label says 200 calories per serving, it could be 240 calories or 160 calories or anything in between

-Neither the U.S. nor Canada label GMO ingredients. In the U.S., Connecticut is the first state to pass a GMO labeling law. Four northeastern states need to pass labeling laws and one of them must border Connecticut for the law to take effect. The populations of the states must combine to at least 20 million people

- Weight gain is a major effect of eating too many calories. Your body needs enough calories to function, but when you take in too much, it stores the excess calories in the form of fat. Extra calories are mainly stored in the form of triglycerides, which, if raised too much can place your heart health at risk. As with other lipids, too many triglycerides build in your arteries, increasing the risk of a condition known as atherosclerosis. Stiffening of the artery wall increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

- Trans fats raise your bad cholesterol levels and lower your good cholesterol levels, but eating trans fats can increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke. This is also associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Solution: Ensure a full list of ingredients with accurate measurements to be put on the nutrition labels