Changes to the nutrition facts label

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October 8, 2015
Man reading nutrition facts label on box at grocery store

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration proposed an update to the information on the Nutrition Facts labels of packaged foods. Several updates have been proposed, including changing serving sizes to reflect how much Americans consume today. The FDA is required by law to label based on what people actually eat versus what is recommended.

These new requirements have sparked many conversations on how this new way of labeling will impact how much people eat and drink. While the FDA asserts that the label “[provides] information that consumers can use to make healthy choices,” some are concerned that the information on new food labels may encourage people to consume more than they normally would.

Last October, our NPCH Report looked at how moms and dads view nutrition labels differently. Mothers were more likely to say that nutrition information helps them decide which product to buy than fathers. One of the changes proposed by the FDA is including the percent daily value for added sugars. The results of last year’s report found that sugars (total and added) were at the top of the list for information that parents consider as “very important” on Nutrition Facts labels.

Figure 1. Proportion of fathers and mothers that rate information on food labels as very important

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For detailed information about all of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Label, visit fda.gov.

What do you think?
The comment period for these proposed revisions ends next Tuesday, October 13th. You can comment to the FDA on these studies here. Don’t forget to share your thoughts below and on Facebook and Twitter.

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