The Food and Drug Administration has switched up the nutrition label and the important changes may be hard to find for some readers.
At first glance, the label looks just like the old one. It’s a simple two-column chart with black lettering on a clean white background. Nevertheless, this new label has some crucial changes that could help shoppers better judge what they’re buying and giving to their children.
These crucial updates were made in order to emphasize the breakthroughs in nutrition over the past few years. Some members of the food industry fought the changes that now bold unhealthy categories that are causing poor health throughout the country. Things like added sugars have been added to the chart and calories are now much bolder.
Overall, there are ten significant changes to the label that parents should know about. Take a look at each one before heading to the store so you can make sure you’re bringing home the healthiest treats around.
Accurate Serving Sizes
In the past, the companies decided the serving size and often their depiction did not represent how much people actually ate. Now, instead of instead of reflecting only a few chips the label will account for the entire package. Some companies argued that this would increase serving sizes and thus increase food intake. However, the FDA did not agree and determined that a more accurate serving size would cut down consumption of some foods that hide their calories, like yogurt.
Big And Bold Calories
The calorie count has been given a complete makeover by making the number larger and bold. Before, the number was the same size as the other nutritional facts. The change will potentially gain the attention of the consumer and cause them to factor in the calories to their daily intake.
Now, consumers can see whether the products sugars are natural or processed. This was a critical change that allowed the FDA to address the findings that show added sugars have drastically increased obesity. The sugars are broken down into categories and are measured in grams and daily value.
Servings For Two Sittings
Some packages can be eaten in multiple sittings or in one meal. Now, these types of packages will come with two separate labels – one for a per-serving and one for per-package. The hope is to help simplify the math for consumers. Items like Ben & Jerry’s pint-sized ice cream will have these new labels.
One Label For The 20 Once
Certain packages and containers that are regularly consumed in one sitting will now be labeled as one serving size. This change is mainly meant for odd-sized packages like 20-ounce bottles of soda.
Sodium Decrease And Fiber Increase
Previously, the daily intake of sodium was 2,400 mg. Now, the intake has dropped to 2,300 and labels will be changed accordingly. Also, the daily fiber intake has risen from 25 grams per day to 28 grams.
Vitamin D And Potassium Recognition
The FDA believes most people are overlooking the importance of both vitamin D and potassium, which can help prevent some chronic diseases. The old label contained only the percent of daily values. To increase the consumer’s awareness, the new label now shows the gram amount for both ingredients.
Vitamins A and C
Today, vitamin A and C deficiencies are rare, thus the FDA decided to remove them from the label. They will no longer be required.
It’s been discovered that knowing where the fat comes from is more important than knowing how much fat is contained. Therefore, the “calories from fat” line will disappear. Now, the “Total Fat” and its subcategories, “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” will be emphasized.
Percent Daily Value
The explanation of the daily value is still listed at the bottom of the label. However, it has been edited and streamlined.