April 25, 2014 / Alexa Anderson
Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed an update to the 20-year-old Nutrition Facts label which can be found on most food packages throughout the United States. According to the FDA, the reason for this change is to help consumers make more informed food choices to maintain healthy dietary practices.
Some of the changes are a result of a greater understanding of nutrition science, including information about added sugars and nutrients. Since research shows that type of fat is more important than the amount of fat, “calories from fat” would be removed.
In addition, updated serving size requirements and new labeling requirements for certain package sizes will be modified due to the fact that the size requirements don’t accurately reflect how people today eat and drink.
Overall, the nutrition label will have a revamped and refreshed design. Calories and serving sizes will be more prominent to emphasize parts of the label that are most significant in addressing todays public health concerns such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
To get more familiar with the new nutrition labels, learn more here.
What are your thoughts on the nutrition label makeover?