The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to overhaul the current food labeling system for the first time in 20 years. The new proposal would better reflect real-world portion sizes and contain additional nutritional information. Jessica Leighton, Ph.D., senior nutrition science and policy advisor in FDA's Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, and Claudine Kavanaugh, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., a health scientist at FDA, explain what you can expect to see if the proposed changes are enacted.
- There will be greater emphasis—with larger and bolder type—on calories.
- For the first time, "Added Sugars" would be included on the label.
- Calories from fat would no longer be listed
- The number of servings per package would also be more prominent.
- FDA proposes updating serving size requirements.
- FDA would update Daily Values for various nutrients.
- The amounts of potassium and Vitamin D would be required on the label.
The primary goal of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label is not to tell people what they should be eating, but to expand and highlight the information they most need when making food choices. "It's all about providing information that people can use to make their own choices." Kavanaugh says.
(This story via FDA.gov)