The food label change is official! Back in 2014, I blogged about the proposed updates. Now, it is time for the official introduction! The food label assists the consumer in making an educated decision in choosing a food product. The label’s updates reflect findings about chronic disease research. I think we will find the new food label more realistic and user friendly.
- Bold and large print for important information. We will see calories and servings per container larger. This information will alert us to what we are putting in our bodies. Actual serving size will now be realistic too.
- Added sugars listed. Research supports that a diet with less added sugars can decrease one’s risk of certain diseases. People will have accurate information clarifying what nature adds to a food compared to what a manufacturer adds. Did you know currently 12 grams of sugar is listed for skim milk? That number accounts for the natural milk sugar, lactose. Manufacturers do not add sugar to milk!
- Percent Daily Value. We see this, but what does it really mean? Potassium and Vitamin D replace Vitamins C and A on the label — people no longer are at increased risk for the latter vitamin deficiencies. The goal values for potassium, Vitamin D, calcium and iron will be updated and we will have a better understanding of what are good food choices of these micronutrients.
- Update on fat. “Calories from fat” confuses label readers and takes up valuable space on the label. It is being removed. We will still see the amounts of the various fats: saturated, trans and total fat.
Manufacturers have until July 2018 to update their food packages with the new label. Continue to look for and use this tool for healthy food selection. I look forward to your thoughts on how the updates help you in making healthier food choices for you and your family.