America Needs Ingredient List Labels Like THIS

When cooking from a recipe, each ingredient you’ll be using appears with its required quantity. But when we look at an ingredient list for packaged foods, the quantity is not there. We can only guesstimate how much flour or sugar has been used in a hot dog bun.

That’s why we really like the idea of percentages (or quantity) for each ingredient in the list, as shown in the product above.

Can you guess what country it is from?

Would you like to see labeling like this here in the US?

  • Kendall

    What country is it from?

  • bill

    Thai… coconut rolls ;)

  • malmedia

    %s are great when you only have 10 ingredients. But when there are 50 ingredients and half of them are five syllables long, there simply would not be enough space on the package. Duh.

    • Fooducate

      Good point.
      Maybe only the first 10 ingredients should have the percentages listed? Or the ingredients in the top 90%.
      Or some other combo.
      Or a smaller font.
      Or a bigger package.
      Double duh.

      • pmtomboy

        yes, thats how many britsh packages are, except only about the top 60-70% is what ive seen

        • Jim

          Err, no. At least that’s certainly not standard, maybe done if the manufacturer chooses, but not required.

          I just took out several items from my (British) cupboards and none have percentage ingredient listings.


          • pmtomboy

            Sorry let me clarify. I meant (the things Ihave from overseas) have %s, but not totaling too 100%.

        • HellofromEngland

          In Britain %s have to be declared only where that ingredient is used in the product description. Eg “oat cereal with strawberries” must list the % of oats and strawberry but anything else is optional.

      • Jim

        The only problem with listing, say, the top 90% ingredients is that 8% trans-fat, or salt might be far worse than 25% banana, or whatever.

    • realfoodmama

      Don’t buy products with a list of ingredients you can’t read and identify.

  • pmtomboy

    yes! i know they do that to some products in india and britain, and its helpful there because their serving size is “per 100 g” even though we do have actual serving sizes, itd be nice to know!

  • wmgoodman

    The listed ingredients total 99.9% But, what chemicals are in the other .1% of “Artificial flavour added” ?

  • Trey Bandemir

    There are going to be a lot more chemicals than that! Even though it is a low percent of potentially harmful chemicals that is proportionate to the values that are actually suppose to be food substance, the harmful chemicals could still be high doses to the human body or accumulate over time but take up little percentages related to the volume of food.

  • Mie

    I’m guessing it’s Thai!

  • Danielle DiThomas

    ya that would be easier to understand

  • Carol H

    This is not going to happen here. Giving the “recipe” for a food product is basically giving away a company’s formula — an important business property/secret. It’s not a reasonable demand. However, showing the percentage of certain key ingredients (e.g., added sugars) by weight might be more useful and accepted. Then again, this assumes you believe that one sugar is better/worse than another, which biologically they aren’t. It’s more important that the food have beneficial nutrients naturally-occurring in significant amounts. Adding sugar to make a tart apple taste good (just about all homemade apple pies do this) does not negate the fiber coming from the apple. A sweet apple simply wouldn’t work for a cooked/baked item.

  • Nathalie

    It’s already mandatory in European Union countries. Can be very helpful to see if an ingredient is present in significant amount and compare products.

  • may

    What? Aren’t American foods usually have ingredient percentages? I’m Thai so I used to with the percentage thingy. However some projects have like 50 ingredients, it’s a bit confused so I just only focus on nutrition facts.

  • Daisy Nguyen

    It is from Thailand!
    Vietnamese food labeling system is the same. Thank God! But not like vast majority of Vietnamese care anyways. Many families cook from scratch or buy take-aways from authentic places.
    Ironic how undeveloped countries have more developed way of labeling food.