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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Posted on May 04 2017

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

This is amazing news for the nutrition industry! In early 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was going to consider making changes to the nutrition facts label. Until now, despite constant battle, the label had gone unchanged. This is amazing news for the nutrition industry! In early 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was going to consider making changes to the nutrition facts label. Until now, despite constant battle, the label had gone unchanged. Finally, more than two decades later, first lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new label, which represents major victories both for with the efforts of advocacy groups and prominent scientists who have argued that the previous version made it difficult for consumers to assess the nutritional quality of any given food item. The hope is that the new label, which makes it absolutely clear when a food manufacturer has relied heavily on sugar to make its product tasty, will help Americans make more informed choices about the food they eat. Among the many changes, which include larger type for the number of calories and servings per container, is a new line located just beneath "total sugars." It tells consumers exactly how much of the sugar was added by the manufacturer, and what percentage of the daily recommended intake that added sugar comprises. Professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, Marion Nestle, called the announcement an "extraordinary accomplishment" on her popular blog 'Food Politics' and told The Washington Post that it "has to be scored as a huge win."