Are you confused by nutrition labels? Changes are proposed to make the nutrition information on packaging more user-friendly and more realistic in regard to portion sizes. The FDA is considering the following changes, although it is not clear when these changes will begin to appear on labels.
- Calorie counts will appear larger and will be in bold type for better visibility.
- Serving size will be changed to reflect what is typically considered a portion by most Americans.
- “Added Sugar” will be indicated under the Total Carbohydrate category. This will help the consumer better understand how much of the carbohydrate in a food is naturally occurring and how much is in the form of refined sugar added in the manufacturing process.
- Vitamin D and potassium content will be required to be listed on the nutrition facts panel. Vitamin D is linked to bone health as well as other disease states. Potassium has been shown to play a part in better blood pressure control.