Nutrition Label Gets a Makeover

For the first time since they were introduced in 1993, nutrition labels will be getting an update soon. The changes are designed to make it easier for consumers to make healthy decisions about their foods. Some of the biggest difference is in what you can see on the label:

  • For foods that could be eaten in one sitting, two columns will show both “per serving” and “per package”
  • “Added sugars” will now appear along with “total sugars”
  • “Calories from fat” is being removed, reflecting research demonstrating that the type of fat is more important than the amount of fat

In addition, new serving size requirements will be closer to the amounts of food people actually eat. For foods that are typically eaten in one sitting, like a can of soda, the package will be the serving size.

Most labels will reflect the updates by 2018. To learn more about the changes, visit the FDA website.


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