Nutrition label updates

Have you ever been annoyed that your 20-ounce beverage actually counted as 2½ servings, and you had to do lots of math to figure out how many calories you’d be consuming if you drank the whole thing?  Well, that is about to change!

One of the first things you will notice about the new nutrition labels is that the serving sizes will be updated to be more reflective of the amount that people actually consume.  Serving size and calorie amounts will also be larger and easier to read.

Here is a sneak peek at the new label (compared to the current one)…

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Source: http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm

Original versus New Label – Side-by-Side Comparison (PDF: 575KB)  –   Español (PDF: 789KB)

 

Highlights of the other changes:

  • Calories from fat will not be listed anymore.  Total grams of fat and the amounts of saturated and trans fats will still be given.  This change reflects current research that the type of fat is more important than the overall calories from fat.
  • Added sugar is now clearly listed.  This is my favorite update!  The Dietary Guidelines published by the US Departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture (HHS and USDA) recommend that we consume no more than 10% of our calories from added sugars.  Yet, the current labels make it nearly impossible to tell the difference between naturally occurring sugars and added sugars.  The new labels will make it much easier to keep tabs on our added sugar intake.
  • Vitamins A and C are no longer required to be listed.  Vitamin D and Potassium listings have been added.  Calcium and Iron are still listed.  Vitamin D and potassium are more likely to be lacking in current American diets than vitamins A and C.

 

For a complete explanation of the label changes, visit the FDA website:  http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm

 

As with all big changes, it will take some time for companies to implement. Manufacturers are required to use the new label by July 26, 2018. 

Jen Kim, RDN

About Jen Kim, RDN

Jennifer is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She completed her Bachelor’s of Science degree at the University of Illinois, and holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from San Diego State University. Jennifer also has a Certification in Adult Weight Management. She has worked in hospitals as a Clinical Dietitian, done obesity research and worked as a Corporate Dietitian for a national weight loss company. Jennifer is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. She believes in a balanced approach to nutrition – where all foods can fit – centered around a natural, plant-based diet. Jen lives in San Diego with her husband and two boys – where she enjoys playing soccer and tennis, hiking, playing on the beach, playing board games and shooting pool.

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