Melissa Wiliams, Freelance Writer | Co-Owner, Yoga Junction
Just last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their proposal to update the Nutrition Facts label found on all packaged foods
Here are a few more changes the FDA proposes:
1. Require information about the amount of added sugars in a food product. Sugar intake in the U.S. is much too high and has been linked to dozens of diseases both chronic and acute.
2. Update serving size requirements to accurately reflect how much people eat and drink.
3. Include dual column labels, showing both “per serving” and “per package” nutrition stats.
4. Include the amount of potassium and vitamin D, two nutrients many Americans have deficiencies in.
5. Remove “Calories from Fat” as the type of fat matters more.
6. Revise the Daily Values for sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D
The Proposed Format
“By revamping the Nutrition Facts label, FDA wants to make it easier than ever for consumers to make better informed food choices that will support a healthy diet.” said Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine. “To help address obesity, one of the most important public health problems facing our country, the proposed label would drive attention to calories and serving sizes.”