Highlights and Changes
The most notable changes include an emphasis on particular categories and the calculation method for estimates. The total calorie count is now highlighted in large letters instead of being the same size as the other nutritional information. Here are a few more changes included in the food nutrition label makeover:
- Added sugars. Recent updates to the dietary guidelines advise Americans to limit sugars in processed foods. Because of this, added sugars are now measured as a percent daily value and in grams. This change highlights the difference between natural sugars, such as in dairy and fresh fruits, and those added during processing.
- Serving sizes. A serving size now matches what people eat instead of what the manufacturer decides is reasonable. For instance, serving sizes listed on a bag of chips used to be just a few chips. It may now be the entire bag. However, serving sizes for some foods will decrease, such as yogurt.
- Odd-sized and multi-serving packages. Some containers or bags are one or two servings, such as 20-ounce bottles of sodas. These are now labeled as one serving. Also, food products that can be eaten in multiple sittings will have two columns to show the per-package and per-serving calorie and nutrition information to save you from doing the math, such as a pint of ice cream.
Updating these categories and others on the food nutrition label will help you make healthier choices about the food you buy and consume.
Reasons for the Changes
Government standards for labeling foods Americans eat can potentially boost sales of some foods and tank those of others. A huge debate over design and content took place when the FDA first announced intentions to revise the food nutrition label. This discussion got everyone from consumers to food lobbyists and scientists involved to help shape the new makeover.
For help understanding the new food nutrition label and getting proper nutrition, it is a good idea to review what your health insurance plan covers. Whether your insurance is through group benefits or an individual plan, talk to Sackett & Associates to see what we can do for you. To learn more about our insurance policy, contact us at 707-823-3689. Like us on Facebook and subscribe to our blog.