The FDA has recently revised how Nutrition Labels present information about a product’s nutritional value. The reason behind this is that the FDA wishes to make nutrition labels more up-to-date with scientific research and more informative as well. This is going to make life a whole lot easier for people who frequently look at nutritional labels since they are being redesigned to make it easier for consumers to educate themselves about what they eat.
The newer labels are going to provide better details on added sugars. Added sugars are found in a variety of foods since they are good flavour enhancers. However, they can be very dangerous in larger quantities, the FDA advises that you should have no more than ten percent of your daily calorie intake’s worth of added sugars per day. Older nutritional labels mentioned added sugars inconspicuously by summing them up with all the other sugars in a product, but now, nutritional labels will show exactly how much added sugars are in a product.
The FDA is also going to make serving sizes more realistic, new labels will show more accurate nutritional information to prevent confusion about how much calories do you consume per serving. This also means that companies will no longer be able to underestimate their serving sizes, which will hopefully make consumers more conscious about their serving sizes.
The latest research on nutrition shows that the type of fats that you consume matter more than the amount of fats. Based on this, the newer labels will focus more on providing qualitative information on the fats in a product. This means that companies cannot just add any sort of fats into their products to increase their calories, they will need to go for healthier sources now since they will have to show exactly what did they put in the product.
The new food labels have the potential to force companies to produce food items more responsibly, experts hope that packaged foods will eventually start incorporating healthier ingredients. Should this decision produce results, the US could see a decline in its food related health problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Another promising thing about the new food labels could be that consumers will find it easier to educate themselves about what they eat. Easier access to this information could encourage consumers to become more health conscious and improve their consumption practices.
These labels are still being worked on and we can expect to see them sometime around 2020. The FDA has advised companies with food sales above $10 million to begin using these labels by 2020 while the rest can begin using them by 2021. You might find a few companies already using the new food labels in stores, but the vast majority of the food industry has till 2020 before they have to start revising their products’ ingredients.
It’s nice to see that the government is beginning to take action to try and encourage Americans to make healthier food choices.