FDA Takes Another Look at Food Labels
Everyone wants to eat healthy foods. But that’s more difficult than it seems.
While food science has made great strides in the last two decades, food labeling remains stuck in 1994. A new effort from the Food and Drug Administration aims to change that.
The current standards are based on fat, saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol totals. Food labeled healthy must also deliver at least 10 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamins and other nutrients. The new standards are expected to focus on saturated fat and sugar, both of which crept up under the existing standards.
But don’t expect changes right away.
"Nothing happens overnight with any of that," Sara Haas, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics tells CNN. "That's why dietary guidelines are updated, too: There's always new information out there, and it makes sense to re-evaluate all that stuff every once in a while."