Nutrition labels get big makeover
Nutrition labels on food and beverages may be getting what the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling the “first major overhaul” in more than 20 years.
The FDA’s proposed changes come as a response to the public’s increasing interest and concern surrounding nutrition labels’ information and its implications for their health. The labels would include the following information: total calories per serving--in much larger type--instead of “calories from fat”; how much sugar is natural and how much has been added; updated daily values for sodium and dietary fiber, and information on vitamin D, potassium, calcium and iron.
Another main goal of changing nutrition labels is to address obesity by helping consumers make informed decisions about calories and portion control. A recent report found that overall obesity rates in the U.S. have not changed over the last decade and still affect more than a third of Americans. Along with labeling changes, changes have been announced that will require foods to pass certain standards before they can be marketed in schools.
The FDA will be accepting feedback from the public on their propositions for about three months, after which the new labels may be implemented.