nutrition facts

Big changes coming to nutrition facts labels, see what's in store

You may have noticed a few things changing on the back labels of your favorite food products. The FDA has enlisted changes to help make nutrition information easier for consumers to both see and understand. The label updates were supposed to go into effect by this July, but the deadline has since been extended to 2020. Take a look at the nutrition labels of your favorite products to see if they've made the required changes. 

One of my very first blog posts was on the updates that are coming to our nutrition facts label. Read it here to learn about the label changes, what a 'serving size' actually means, nutrients you may be lacking, and more. Westfalia Technology shared the infographic below with me that also sheds some light on the new updates.


The NEW Nutrition Facts Label

In case you missed it, all of our nutrition facts labels will soon be getting a facelift! By July 26, 2018 food companies must comply by the new standards.

So what's new...?

1. Serving Sizes
          Legally, 'serving size' must refer to how much people actually eat of the product not how much they should eat. This will likely make many serving sizes increase on our new labels.

2. Calories
Calories will now be bold and in large font to really stand out and possibly make you rethink that second serving.

3. Calories From Fat
This line will be removed because we now know certain types of fat can be beneficial to our health (avocados, olive oil, nuts, seeds, fish!). These labels were designed back in the '90s when low-fat diets were all the rage, times are changing in the dietsphere.

3. Micronutrients
          Vitamin D and Potassium will be added because many of us are lacking in these areas. Calcium and Iron will remain but Vitamins A and C are out. Back in the early '90s many people were deficient in A and C, but not so much anymore. The labels will also be required report the exact amount and not just the %.

4. Added Sugars
Research is now showing a connection between added sugars and chronic disease. The Dietary Guidelines are now suggesting we limit our daily sugar intake to 10% of daily calories coming from added sugars. Keep in mind that added sugars refer to those that are added to a product to make it sweeter than it naturally is. This does not include the natural fructose or lactose found in fruit or milk but does include things like maple syrup, honey, cane sugar, etc. if it is being added to a product. This includes you adding it yourself to coffee, cereal, pancakes, muffins, yogurt, sandwiches, etc.

For more info check out the press release from the FDA or see the cool pic below.

Old vs. New