The Food and Drug Administration has announced its plans to revise and update the "Nutrition Facts" labels on food products. The improvements are log overdue, and are aimed at reflecting the latest scientific information including the link between diet and chronic disease. At a glance the overall appearance may look the same, but a closer look will reveal a few important changes.
- The number of calories per serving will be in bigger and bolder type
- Serving sizes are based upon what people actually eat, not what they "should be" eating
- Added sugars will be labeled along with the total sugars in the product
- Additional information on Potassium and Vitamin D are included
- "Calories from Fat" is removed, to shift the focus to the types and breakdown of fats in the product
A recent USDA study showed that 42% of working-age adults between 29 and 68 read labels most or all of the time when shopping. With a new look to food labels, hopefully that percentage will increase and consumers can make educated choices about choosing healthier food options.
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Jody Anderson, RN, CHC
Succeed Health, LLC