By: Michael Abernathy, Dietetic Intern
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.
Althought the new labels won't officially roll out until July 2018, let's take a look at some of the changes we can expect to see. First, we'll look at a side-by-side comparison of the old label with the new!
If you don't notice much of a difference at first, let's take a closer look at a few of the major changes.
As you can see, the new label emphasizes calories and serving size more than before. It has also updated the serving sizes to reflect what people are actually consuming. This, along with the addition of the amount of added sugars, allows for less guess work on the part of the consumer and makes healthy food decisions easier to make.
Serving sizes have notoriously been misleading. After years of collecting data on consumers' eating habits, the FDA decided that serving sizes should more accurately reflect the reality of what people are eating.
You can expect to see these changes roll out from the big food manufacturers in July 2018. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual sales will have an additional year to comply.
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