New Proposed Nutrition Label
On Thursday, Feb. 27th 2014, the FDA formally proposed changes to the nutrition facts label. For 20 years, consumers have relied on the iconic nutrition label to view the nutrition information on over 500,000 grocery products in the U.S. What are the biggest changes?
1. New “Added Sugars” Value
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that intake of added sugar is too high in the U.S. population and should be reduced. The FDA proposes to include “added sugars” on the label to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.
2. Realistic Serving Size Requirements
Update serving size requirements to reflect the amounts people currently eat.
3. Require Potassium and Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for its role in bone health. Potassium is beneficial in lowering blood pressure. Vitamins A and C would no longer be required on the label, though manufacturers could declare them voluntarily.
4. Remove “Calories from Fat”
Research has shown that the type of fat is more important than the amount of calories from fat.
5. Revised Recommended Daily Value for Sodium, Fiber, Vitamin D
Daily Values are used to calculate the Percent Daily Value on the label, which helps consumers understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.
To view the full list of proposed changes, see the FDA’s press release.
Nutritionix aggregates nutrition data for over 230,000 grocery products, and over 100,000 restaurant menu items. On average, over 1 Million consumers view Nutritionix data each month to research what they are eating.