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Texas health officials say they’ve identified “significant risk factors” for a significant increase in the number of infants and young children born with birth defects or other health problems after the introduction of healthy snacks and beverages in the Lone Star State.
The Texas Tribune reported Tuesday that the state’s Department of State Health Services announced a number of new guidelines for the manufacture of “healthy” foods and beverages, including the use of water to preserve flavors.
The department also said that consumers could purchase more healthy foods and drinks if they didn’t already have them.
In the wake of the announcement, the state of Texas is proposing new regulations that would require manufacturers to label foods and products with healthy ingredients and include nutrition information on the containers and packaging.
The guidelines would require that consumers purchase a healthy food or beverage that contains at least 70 percent whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, dairy and eggs.
A recent analysis by The Texas Tribune and The Wall Street Journal found that healthy foods contain about 80 percent calories from added sugars, 15 percent saturated fat and 8 percent protein.
That compares to roughly 10 percent calories, 12 percent fat and 10 percent carbs for unhealthy foods.
The analysis found that the “healthy foods” category is especially problematic because the vast majority of healthy foods are not healthy, according to the report.
The study also found that most healthy foods do not come with any nutritional information, making it difficult to track how many calories are in them.
According to the Tribune, the new guidelines would include additional requirements for labeling products and food containers.
They would also require health departments to provide a list of ingredients and nutritional information.
The new guidelines, which are being developed by the state health department’s Office of Dietary Supplements, would apply to foods and beverage companies that produce and distribute “healthy food products.”
The state agency would also monitor the use and consumption of products, including those that are sold in convenience stores, grocery stores and grocery stores.