FDA Releases New Nutrition Labels Thanks To Michelle Obama
Thanks to First Lady Michelle Obama’s push for a healthier America, the FDA released on Friday new nutrition labels which all manufacturers will need to use by July 26, 2018.
The label features a larger type for calories per serving and a line for “added sugars.”
The FDA explains why they added the line:
“Added sugars,” in grams and as percent Daily Value, will be included on the label. Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar, and this is consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Also significant is the serving size labeling:
By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. How much people eat and drink has changed since the previous serving size requirements were published in 1993. For example, the reference amount used to set a serving of ice cream was previously ½ cup but is changing to ? cup. The reference amount used to set a serving of soda is changing from 8 ounces to 12 ounces.
Package size affects what people eat. So for packages that are between one and two servings, such as a 20 ounce soda or a 15-ounce can of soup, the calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.
Nice. No more “misleading” nutrition labels about calorie counts.
I am so happy about these changes! Now everyone will know how much sugar there is really supermarket shelves. It’s literally all sugar.