- 27 Feb
Nutrition Labels Getting A Makeover
It’s been over twenty years since the nutrition facts panel has had a face lift. Today, the FDA will unveil 6 major changes to the label. Here is what you can expect:
- Calories: At the top of the label, “calories and number of calories” will be enlarged to draw consumer focus.
- Serving Size: We can certainly all agree that portion sizes have grown (along with our bellies) over the last 20 years. The FDA stated that, “By law, the label information on serving sizes must be based on what people actually eat, not on what they should be eating”. Of the 157 foods with declared serving sizes, 27 foods will be changed.
- Added Sugar: There will now be a sub-category under sugar listing added sugars that are not naturally occurring in the food. Sugar is added to many unsuspecting foods. This feature will help consumers identify these products and see how they are contributing to overall caloric values.
- Total Fat: Calories from fat will be removed from the top of the label. Different types of fat will be added. Research demonstrates that it’s not the amount of fat but the type of fat that has the biggest impact on health.
- Vitamins: Vitamins A and C will no longer be required but will be replaced with vitamin D and potassium. Many individuals are not getting enough of these vitamins. Vitamin D is important for bone health while potassium affects blood pressure.
- Daily Values: When you first look at the label, you’ll notice the Daily Values column has shifted to the left. The Daily Value for sodium has dropped to 2,300 mg per day, vitamin D increasing to 800 IU’s, and fiber increasing to 28 grams per day.
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