FDA Approves New Nutrition Facts Label to More Accurately Reflect Serving Sizes and Amount of Added Sugar

Learn the key features of the FDA's new Nutrition Facts label, mandated for food producers by July 2018.

The FDA announced today it has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label aimed at helping people make more informed decisions about what they eat.

"I am thrilled the FDA has a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices."

The majority of food manufacturers will be required to use the new label by July 26, 2018.

What's the new label going to look like? Here are some of the most significant changes:

  • Serving sizes that more accurately reflect the amount of food people actually eat. This change is long overdue, since most Americans eat well beyond the recommended serving size.
  • The number of grams and a percent daily value of "added sugars," to help consumers know how much sugar has been added during manufacturing. This is another important addition, as added sugar has become omnipresent in the American diet.
  • Updated values for nutrients like sodium, fiber and vitamin D that are consistent with the modern Institute of Medicine recommendations.
  • Vitamins A and C will no longer be required to be listed on the label since these deficiencies are rare. On the flip side, vitamin D and potassium will be featured.
  • Labels will no longer have a "Calories from Fat" category, since we now know that the type of fat in a product is more important than the overall amount.

Check out the full press release at the FDA's official website and stay tuned to STACK for more on this major development in the world of nutrition.

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