CHANGES ON FDA NUTRITION LABEL
The new FDA nutrition label for packaged foods is officially complete. The new FDA nutrition label is to reflect new information, such as the link between chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease and a person’s diet. The intent of the New FDA nutrition label is to make it easier for consumers to make better food choices by helping to keep them well informed.
The changes come in an attempt to keep consumers well informed on the food that they are eating. The FDA states that they are not trying to tell people what to eat, rather, to help consumers make well-informed choices. The new labeling will go into effect immediately and manufacturers have until July 26, 2018, to comply. All manufacturers with less than $10,000 in annual food sales will receive an extra year to comply.
FEATURES TO LOOK FOR ON THE NEW NUTRITION LABEL
The new FDA nutrition label will still have the same iconic look that, but it will have many changes in the information. These changes come in hope of keeping consumers better informed. The new label will feature changes, such as:
- Larger bolded serving size
- Added sugars column
- Change in the nutrients required
- Updated serving sizes
- Updated daily values
- Actual amount declared
- New footnote
UPDATED SUGGESTED SERVING SIZES
Food serving sizes are to get a big reality check and that is exactly what is happening. Serving sizes have been updated to be more realistic. By law, serving sizes must be marked by how much people are eating. For items that are multiple servings the manufacturer must provide a dual column of nutritional facts to meet these needs. The columns will be per serving and per package. This is to keep the consumer informed of the nutritional values at every consumption.
Changes are being made to reflect new laws that require the serving sizes to be what the average American consumes. Recent food consumption data suggest that some serving sizes need to be revised. As an example, the serving size set for a serving of ice cream has previously been ½ cup and will be changed to 2/3 of a cup.
Not all serving sizes will go up, the serving size of yogurt will decrease from 8 ounces to 6 ounces. This is based on what the typical American actually consumes.
UPDATED FOOTNOTE ON NUTRITION LABEL
The footnote of the new FDA nutrition label is changing to better explain what the “percent of daily value” means. The new footnote on the label will read: “The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is for general nutrition advice.”
UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE
Some of the key changes in the new nutrition label will include that of “added sugars”. The added sugars will be calculated in grams and listed as percent daily value. New scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutritional needs while trying to stay within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar.
The list of nutrients th The new label will require that vitamin D and potassium be listed. However, the listing of vitamin A and vitamin C will no longer be a requirement. When the previous guidelines were set, Americans diets lacked vitamin A and Vitamin C. But now vitamin A and vitamin C deficiencies are rare. The term “calories from fat” will also be removed from the nutritional label. This is due to research showing that the type of fat consumed is more important than the actual amount. The daily values for certain nutrients such as, Vitamin D, dietary fiber, and sodium, will also be updated. This is to reflect newer scientific evidence from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report. Studies suggest that Americans don’t always get enough vitamin D and potassium.
THE NEW ADDED SUGARS COLUMN
New scientific evidence supports reducing calorie intake from added sugars from expert groups, including:
- The American Heart Association
- The American Academy of Pediatrics
- The Institute of Medicine
- The World Health Organization
The average American gets about 13 percent of their total daily calories from added sugar. The FDA recognizes that added sugars can be a part of a healthy daily plan. But when consumed in excess, it is hard to consume enough healthy food and remain within the daily value of calories. This includes sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices of the same type. This excludes fruit or vegetable concentrated from 100 percent fruit juice, such as that from 100 percent juice concentrate. As well as some sugars found in fruit and vegetable juices, jellies, jams, preserves, and fruit spreads.