What Do The Changes to the New Food Nutrition Labels Mean?
Have you heard? The way you read food labels is about to change, at least if the new FDA proposal passes. And if you're thinking, "Great, I hate change," then know that these changes might actually make the way you select and enjoy your foods easier.
Proposed New Look to Food Labels from FDA.govThe good news is that calories and added sugars are getting thrust into the spotlight. We're a fan of highlighting added sugars because a lot of yummy, delicious, good for you foods, like fruit, have a lot of natural sugar, so just glancing down a food label can be deceiving.
The other good news? It'll be easier to be honest with yourself. Instead of buying a "single serve" bag of chips and realizing later that it had 2(!) servings (because when have you ever eaten only half of one of those tiny bags), the FDA proposes that the serving size more accurately reflects what you're likely to eat. Another great example is that the size of a bottled drink would be one serving (so no one would assume you'd be stopping halfway through your soda).
The First Lady, a known champion of healthy diets, weighed in:
"You as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it's good for your family. So this is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country."
Read more about what the FDA has to say in its proposal, and let us know what you think. Will the changes help making decisions about your family's diet easier?