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The Facts on the New Nutrition Label

The Food and Drug Administration recently released a plan for revamping the nutrition facts label found on all packaged food. Anyone who has made some attempt at weight loss or healthier eating has probably at least glanced at this chart, though what you do with the information may vary. Some people may only read it for sodium content, others may just glance at the calories, and a few may read through the whole label and just be left confused. Regardless of your past relationship with the nutrition label, you may be excited to hear there will be come changes to help simplify it and make it more useful for consumers! These changes are expected to go into effect by mid-2018.

So what are the changes we can expect to see? Here's what we think are the top 5 most important things to know!

1. The font size for calories and serving size will be enlarged, making it harder for you to ignore this information. This will be helpful for those who want to take a quick glance at the label to see what they are getting themselves into.

2. The serving sizes listed will be changed to the sizes most people tend to eat rather than the recommended size. This is something to be cautious of. The example the FDA provides is the old recommendation for ice cream was 1/2 cup but most people eat at least 2/3 cup so that is the new serving size that will be listed. But just because it says a serving is 2/3 cup doesn't mean you should eat that much!

3. The "calories from fat" line is being removed. This was just confusing before and wasn't very useful so we will not miss it!

4. "Added sugars" will be listed under carbohydrates. This should be very helpful especially for the Well Powered plan! This will help us decipher if the carbs are naturally occurring in the food or are being added in during processing.

5. The actual amounts of micronutrients will be listed instead of just the % daily value. Additionally, vitamin D and potassium are being added and vitamin A and C are being removed. This change is being made to address the vitamin D and potassium deficiency and the adequacy of vitamins A and C in the typical American diet. Though the best way to get vitamin D is from the sun, food sources can help us through the winter months.

Here are some pictures from the FDA website to show you what the changes will look like.

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