itís finalized. For the first time in more than 20 years,
the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods has been revised.
Why? To reflect new scientific information, says the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration (FDA) ó the agency responsible for
the safety and proper labeling of foods sold in the United
specifically, says the FDA, the new label addresses what we
now know about nutritionís effect on chronic diseases such
as heart disease and obesity. (Yes, obesity is considered a
chronic disease ó a persistent condition that can be
controlled but usually not cured).
statistic: About half the adults in America are plagued by at
least one chronic disease related to poor food choices and
lack of physical activity. The FDA hopes the new food label
will help us make better decisions:
yelling out, "Pay attention to this!" the new label
highlights "Calories" and "Serving Size"
in bold letters. And serving sizes are now based on what we
actually eat, not on what we should eat. For example, a
serving of ice cream is now 2/3 cup instead of 1/2 cup, which
is still probably less than what most of us actually eat but
who asked me?
from fat" will no longer be on the label. Why? Because we
now know the type of fat we eat is more important to our
health than the total amount.
sugars" ó sugars added during the production of food
ó will be added to the label both in grams and by the
"Percent Daily Value" which will be defined on the
label: "The percent Daily Value tells you how much a
nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet.
2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition
not necessarily bad for us; itís the main source of energy
in fruit, vegetables and milk. But too much added sugar,
especially in sweetened foods and beverages, packs on extra
calories with no nutritional benefit. And this can be a health
detriment, say experts.
A can of
regular soda, for example, contains 39 grams (about 10
teaspoons) of added sugar or about 150 calories. Thatís
about 8 percent of a personís total calories for a day
(Daily Value) in the form of added sugars. Our goal is not to
exceed 10 percent.
most of us still donít understand Percent Daily Value,
important nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, iron and
potassium will be listed in actual amounts. For example,
instead of showing that 1 cup of milk provides 30 percent of
my Daily Value for calcium, the label will now indicated that
1 cup of milk contains 300 milligrams of calcium (30 percent
of what I need in a day).
to see the new food label in full force by July 26, 2018, says
the FDA. Will it help us make better choices? Time will tell.