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5-Mar-14 9:00 AM  CST  

FDA Proposes Changes to Nutrition Facts Label 

Nutrition Facts Labels have become a staple on just about every food product on store shelves.  They have been around since 1993 and continue to educate and inform individuals about better food choices and give them a heads-up as to what ingredients they are actually eating.  Despite this staple, the FDA is proposing changes to the famous Nutrition Label.  Some of the proposed changes would include: 


  • Added sugars.  New label changes would include the feature of added sugars to reflect 2010 dietary guidelines for Americans which suggest that calories should be reduced from sugars and fats, thus, helping reduce diabetes, heart disease, and the problem of obesity. 


  • Calories.  The calorie listing would still be included in larger and bolder type, making people more aware of what they are eating and also give them the tools to make better choices. 


  • Calories from fat.  Calories from fat would be omitted from the current label.  Experts suggest that it is more important to understand the type of fat you are eating, rather than the quantity of the fat. 


  • Potassium and vitamin D.  The exact amounts of potassium and vitamin D would be included on new labels.  A recent FDA report suggests that people are not getting enough of these two essential substances on a daily basis. 


            Michael Landa, Director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, recently commented on the proposed label changes.  “Obesity, heart disease, and other chronic diseases are leading public health problems.  The proposed new label is intended to bring attention to calories and serving sizes, which are important in addressing the problems,” said Landa. 

            After label changes would occur, the FDA would give the food industry two years to comply after the final publication of any final rules concerning the Nutrition Facts Label. 

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