FDA Makes Changes to Food Labels
Remember all those special tricks I taught about how to read the nutrition facts label? Well, the FDA is making it easier for you to really get the information you need. I’m excited about the changes . . . no, it doesn’t go far enough but it’s a HUGE step in making it easier for you to know what you’re eating and how much is really a serving.
The simple changes you’ll notice right away. Much of the pertinent information you are looking for will now be in a bigger font and bolder. Check out the nutrition facts, number of servings, serving size and calories.
Plus “added sugars” will now be included on the nutrition facts. Yes, I’m rejoicing – no more math or questions about type of sugar! [reminder – try and stay below 10% added sugars for the day]
“Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” will remain, but “Calories from Fat” is being removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.
Serving Sizes Change
This is a big one! I’ve always complained about how much math was required to figure real serving sizes. The last time serving sizes were evaluated was in 1993 and they reflect what people should be eating not what they are actually eating.
With the new labels the serving size is corrected. So, a serving of soda is now 12 oz instead of 8 oz.
Another big change is that packages that are between one and two servings – think 20 oz soda – the food labels will reflect it as one serving because people typically consume the entire product without realizing it was previously considered more than one serving.
“Per Serving” and “Per Package”
But what about those products that should be more than a single serving but may be consumed in a single serving – think 24 oz soda or pint of ice cream? The new nutrition facts labels will have two columns – one as normal “per serving” and an additional one for “per package” or “per unit”. Now we’ll really know what the effect of having a therapy moment with Ben & Jerry’s will do to our waistline without doing the math!
Nutrition Facts Video
Here’s a quick video to explain the upcoming changes: