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NUTRITION LABEL MAKEOVER
“The Obama administration is hoping to make healthy eating easier for Americans by announcing a makeover for all nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods. The new rules, which would go into effect two years after they are finalized, are redesigned to make it clearer for Americans to know how many calories they are consuming. “
The labeling will take into account how some foods are consumed in one sitting. For example, the serving sizes for a bottle of soda will go from 8 ounces to 12 ounces. And the serving size for ice cream will increase from ½ cup to 1 cup. For yogurt, the serving size will be reduced from 8 ounces to 6. Larger packages, such as a pint of ice cream, would also have two columns on the labels “per serving” and “per package”.
Another addition is the requirement of “added sugars” to the label. FDA is hoping this will decrease Americans’ consumption of sugar added to products. Before consumers only saw total carbohydrates and sugars, now you will be able to see how many grams of sugar or added grams of sugar are in that product. This differentiates between naturally occurring sugars in a product and those that are added to a product.