Earlier this year, the USDA announced that there will be major changes to the nutrition facts label that you see on your food and groceries. The label’s new design will make it easier for consumers to read, and you will see these changes go into effect by July 2018.
So, what’s new with the label and how will it help you? Find out below.
The ‘can’t miss’ changes:
• Format of label: The new label format is going to be more user-friendly and readable. In the graphic below, you can see that calories, servings per container and serving size will now be listed prominently on the label.
• Updated serving sizes: In an attempt to help buyers understand how much they are consuming and maintain a balanced diet, serving sizes will now reflect how much people often eat in one sitting.
• Added sugar label: For the new package, there will be a space that lists the amount of sugar that’s been added to each food. Added sugars are those that are added during food processing. While added sugars can be part of a healthy, balanced diet, consuming them in excess will make it more difficult to get enough dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals in the diet, in addition to staying within calorie limits.
Other changes to consider:
• Vitamin A and C: The last update to the nutrition label was in the 1990s. Back then, Americans lacked these essential nutrients. Now, vitamin A and C deficiencies have become generally rare, so manufacturers will not be required to include them on the new label. Still, they may do it voluntarily.
• Vitamin D and potassium: These nutrients are being included because food consumption surveys show that Americans nationwide are not getting enough of them. Adding these to the label will help you include them in your diet! Vitamin D promotes bone health, and potassium will help to regulate blood pressure.
By 2018, you’ll see this new label on all of your foods. We hope you find it easier to use in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle!