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Backing Up Menu Claims

Food on your grocer's shelves must now carry nutritional data to support claims of "light" or "healthy." Soon the choices on a restaurant menu may be held to a similar standard, according to the Tufts University Diet and Nutrition Newsletter.

Under the new requirements, currently being formulated by the federal Food and Drug Administration, menus would have to explain exactly what it is about a dish that makes it "light," or that justifies the little red heart you sometimes see next to a menu item.

Restaurants will be asked only to support health claims. When none are made, no other nutritional information will be required.