If you turn your food around at the grocery store in the coming months, you may notice that something has changed. The oh-so-confusing Nutrition Facts label is finally getting a new look – one that will be much easier to understand and utilize. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has created a new label for packaged foods that will help you make informed food choices that support your nutritious diet! The updated label has a fresh new design and reflects current scientific information.
Food manufacturers have until January 1, 2020 to begin using the new and improved Nutrition Facts label, so you will see the old version and the new version for a while. However, the new label is already starting to appear on food products nationwide – including your Profile foods!
While the iconic look of the label remains, there are some important updates that you need to know about. Let’s take a peek at what these new changes are all about:
- The font size is larger and bolder for “Calories”, “servings per container”, and the “Serving size” declaration, and bolding the number of calories and the “Serving size”.
- Serving sizes have been updated to reflect the amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating.
- For packages that are between one and two servings, calories and other nutrients will be required to be labeled as one serving.
- For certain products that are larger than a single serving but that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings, manufacturers will have to provide “dual column” labels to indicate the amount of calories and nutrients on both a “per serving” and “per package” basis.
- This will allow you to easily understand how many calories and nutrients you are getting if you eat or drink the entire package/unit at one time.
- “Calories from Fat” has been removed because research shows that the type of fat is more important than the amount.
- “Added Sugars” will be displayed directly beneath the listing for “Total Sugars.” 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.
- Manufacturers are now required to declare the actual amount and percent Daily Value of Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium.
- The footnote that explains what percent Daily Value actually means has been re-written to add clarity because Americans do not always consume the recommended amounts. The percent daily value helps you understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
Once these new requirements take effect, you can rest assured that the Nutrition Facts labels on your food will be easier to understand so you’ll always be informed about what you’re putting into your body. Isn’t that a good feeling?! We think so too!