Will food label makeover encourage healthy eating?
Food Nutrition Labels Getting a Major Update
The labels gracing the boxes, bottles and bags of packaged foods, which have remained virtually unchanged since they arrived 20 years ago, are getting a new look. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to update them to reflect info that has become available in the past two decades. More good news: They may become easier to understand too.
The specific changes the FDA will be making and when exactly they'll take effect are still unclear. However, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is asking the FDA to emphasize calories, simplify calorie counting and give added sugar its own line. Additionally, the CSPI would like to see more reader-friendly measurements because most people don't quite know what a gram is.
Meanwhile, registered dietitian Rachel Berman, director of health at About.com, has her own suggestions, such as differentiating between added and natural sugar. "Added sugar is manmade or added to the product during production. Natural sugar is the sugar that is naturally found in foods, such as in fruits and yogurt," she explains. Berman also hopes for more prominent placement of serving size per package and potassium content.
The recent health concerns with energy drinks and the Caffeine Use Disorder review recently published in theJournal of Caffeine Researchcreates demand for more information about the amount of caffeine in the products we consume, so "I wouldn't be shocked if there's a line for that too," she adds.
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