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Should Alcoholic Beverages Have Nutrition Labels?

By Chris V. Thangham     Aug 7, 2007 in Health
Alcoholic beverages unlike other food products don’t have any nutritional information until now, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau wants the beverage makers to have this information available in the bottle label.
One side like the Mother Against Drunk Driving wants a ban or limits the drinks provided to the drinkers, while on the other side beverage makers and lobbyists promote drinking in the form of advertisements and TV campaigns. Many claim alcohol drinks are healthy, while others say it is harmful for health. Those who proclaim alcohol drinking is healthy would love this news to put the nutritional information on the beer bottles.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued a ruling recently which requires all alcoholic beverages to have the labeling information on the containers such as serving size, alcohol content, amount of calories, carbohydrate, fat and protein content. The beverage makers have vigorously tried to have this information for a long time, so they will be extremely happy with this ruling. While the Advocacy groups are worried that the nutrition labels will imply that alcoholic beverages have nutritional value and promote more drinking.
I think it will offer good information to the public, so they can decide whether it is better for them or not. Do you favor this nutritional labeling information on the alcoholic beverages?
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