The Food and Drug Administration is currently considering changes to the Nutrition Facts label for food, and if that doesn’t get you all hot and bothered, it is probably because you lack a soul. Introduced twenty years ago, the Nutrition Label has become a staple of the American diet, with over half of respondents stating that they make use of the label when shopping and eating.
The biggest change to the nutrition list is the addition of an extra section for “added sugars,” as in sugar that has been added to make the dish taste less like soiled carpeting. Who are the biggest culprits? Soft drinks, fruit drinks, baked snacks, and dairy desserts. Think Oceanspray, a company who describes cranberries as an “unpalatable” fruit on its official website.
Cosmetically, the label has had the percentages shifted to the left, with a higher emphasis on serving size, servings per container, and calorie count. The list of vitamins now has an actual amount listed alongside the percentage. Carbohydrate has been renamed “carb,” and “amount per serving” now lists the actual serving size.
The “calories from fat” is being removed, as well as the requirement to disclose Vitamin A and C because deficiencies are no longer common. Instead, the FDA is requiring listings of Vitamin D and potassium as they are nutrients of public health concern.
Serving sizes are also changing, because they were established twenty years ago and the law mandates that they show what people are eating, not what they should eat. Foods that are typically consumed in a single sitting must be labeled as a single serving. For other foods, a dual column list will show per-serving and per-package.
You can check out more information at the Food and Drug Administration website.