What You Eat: FDA Wants Clear Labels

It’s difficult to watch what you eat unless you know what you’re eating. Or at least what’s in what you’re eating.

FDA labels help, but they haven’t been substantially updated for two decades. Finally, they’ll be changing to reflect more of what’s important to consumers.

When they hit shelves over the next couple of years, the new labels will provide a more accurate picture of how many “calories” and “servings” are in particular items. They’ll also provide information on updated nutrition guidelines for things such as sodium, fiber and vitamin D.

The labels will be phased in over the next two years.

“The updated label makes improvements to this valuable resource so consumers can make more informed food choices – one of the most important steps a person can take to reduce the risk of heart disease and obesity,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf, M.D. says in a news release.

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