If you haven’t already noticed, surely on your next grocery run, you’ll spot a few of the differences made to the Nutrition Facts Label in 2020. Last year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a new set of regulations that changed Who provided information on the Nutrition Facts label.
Who made the changes to reflect better new findings that indicated what truly makes up a healthy diet and can be seen on all packaged foods imported and made in the U.S. A number of the changes are detailed below.
First and foremost, the calorie count per serving is now the most prominent information on the label. It includes the largest size font and is the first stat represented on the label. Additionally, below this value, you’ll find an updated serving size that more accurately reflects the amount of food the typical individual is consuming with this product.
A particularly notable example comes from a twenty-ounce bottle of soda. Previously, who considered the whole bottle to be one serving, but now a twelve-ounce can is regarded as a single serving while the bottle is regarded as two and a half servings.
Another subcategory of the calories section has been changed as well. Calories from Fat have been removed as of these most recent updates. This was partly due to the FDA deciding that the more important information for consumers to be shown is the types of fat they’re consuming per serving.
The new label now displays the total grams of saturated and trans fats. In addition to this, certain nutrients have received their section as well. Vitamin D, potassium, and others have been added as most Americans don’t consume the recommended quantities of these nutrients every day.
However, the most notable change from this suite of changes is the inclusion of the total percentage of calories from sugars. This information, coupled with the amount of added sugars per serving of any food product, allows consumers to understand how much sugar has been added to their products within the processing or packaging stages.
Knowing this information will enable individuals to stray away from products that have high amounts of added sugar, as you shouldn’t be consuming any more than 10% of your daily caloric intake from these sugars.
In conclusion, this newly redesigned label creates an easier shopping experience for consumers unsure about what food choices to make to maintain a healthy diet. For more information on how the title changed over last year, look at the infographic featured below.
Author bio: John Hinchey is VP of Sales for Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses, and distribution centers. He has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse automation.