New Rules for Food Labels

Know what to expect at the grocery store

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to finalize changes to food label requirements by the end of this year. Here’s what to look for by 2018:

  1. The label should be more user-friendly, with a clearer design and larger fonts.

  2. A new category for “added sugars” will spell out how much sugar naturally occurs in the food versus how much the manufacturer has added.

  3. Manufacturers must list the amount of potassium and vitamin D in foods.

  4. The “calories from fat” section will be removed. “It is more important to understand the type of fat consumed,” says Nancy Farrell, a registered dietitian and a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  5. Updated serving sizes will reflect how consumers actually eat and drink. For example, packaged foods and beverages that are typically consumed as one serving will be labeled as such. “This helps one to understand how many calories are consumed if you eat the whole package,” Farrell says. 

 

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