3 Major Changes to Nutrition Labels

The nutrition label may be getting a makeover…but will its new look help you make healthier choices? That’s what the FDA is hoping. The new proposed nutrition labels will includes three major changes:

 

1. A more visible calorie count.

Calories are front and center on the new proposed label, set apart with a significantly larger, bolder font.

 

2. Larger, more realistic serving sizes.

People often underestimate how much they eat because they underestimate how many servings they’re consuming. The proposed label would feature updated serving sizes that better reflect how much people eat of certain foods—therefore better reflecting the actual number of calories they’re consuming.

 

3. A separate line for added sugars.

The new label will make it easier for consumers to distinguish between natural sugars (what you’ll find in fruit, for example) and added sugars (“empty calories” like candy, baked goods and sodas). Americans currently get 16 percent of their total calories from added sugars.

 

Here’s how the old label compares to the proposed new label:

 

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. explains why they feel a change is due, stating “Today, people are eating differently — many current serving sizes, and the amount of calories and nutrients that go with them — are out of date.” She goes on to point out that the three major changes are “important elements to fighting obesity and certain other chronic diseases, and making healthier food choices.”

 

Do you think the nutrition label is due for a makeover? Do you think the proposed changes will help people make healthier choices?

 

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87 comments

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz2 years ago

Thank you.

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobetz2 years ago

Thank you.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra2 years ago

The Labeling, needs to indicate whether or not, the Product contains GMO's and Aspartame.

Stephanie Schoeneman

Not too different. Glad the serving sizes will be more realistic though.

Donna F.
Donna F.2 years ago

ty and I agree w/many of the commenters.

Anne K.
Anne K.2 years ago

Thank you!

Barbara S.
Barbara S.2 years ago

Looks good to me. Having the serving size on the same line as the calories is a good idea. It might help some people.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago

That's a bit of an improvement. Now they just need to add one more thing - does it have GMOs!

Kathleen R.
Kathleen R.2 years ago

Think it is a step in the right direction.

Cheryl Mallon-Bond

It's better, but could still be better yet. It needs to Have bold print for fat/saturated fat. It also needs to have bold print for CARB's & sugar content in the least. Hell, it should All be bold print as far as I am concerned, w/ maybe a yellow high lite for the things I mentioned that also needs BOLD print. Many ppl can't see well, especially senior's & ppl that are shopping w/ kids in tow need to not be spending extra time trying to read labels, they need to be able to read quickly & move on to the next item. I wonder if the FDA bothered to poll the new label to "regular folks" in real shopping settings/circumstances...like Mom's w/ kids in tow. THEY are responsible for the family's shopping & would be the ultimate experts at what works & what doesn't in regards to label reading.