The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to make several changes to nutrition facts labels on consumer packaged foods and beverages. This will be the first major makeover to nutrition labels since 1994 when the FDA started requiring them. The update was unveiled on Thursday by the Obama Administration Officials at a White House event.

 

Proposed Nutrition Labels. Photo: FDA/The Washington Post

Proposed Nutrition Labels. (FDA/The Washington Post)

If the proposed changes get approved, serving sizes would become easier to read, total caloric intake would appear in bolder and larger print on food packages and for the first time, consumers would be able to tell if foods contain “added sugars”. The new labels could take more than a year to implement and appear on consumer packaged foods and beverages in store.

 

 

 

 

According to the FDA, the new nutrition labels will include scientific evidence on the types of food choices that may increase the risk for obesity and chronic disease. For example, old labels focused more on fats in lieu of calories. Researchers have determined that calorie consumption is actually what drives weight gain and obesity.

 

“Our guiding principle here is very simple: that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf, and be able to tell whether it’s good for your family,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “So this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across this country.”

 

Obama is scheduled to appear at the FDA today to formally announce the proposed changes as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign.

 

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