2020- New Year, New Nutrition Labels
It may not sound very exciting, but many health professionals have been waiting for this day since 2016. Today is the day that food manufacturers, with more than $10 million in sales, have to comply with updated standard for the nutrition facts label. Manufacturers with less than $10 million in sales have until 2021 to comply. I'm breaking down what changes you can see, and how they can help you make healthier choices.
For starters you'll see bigger and bolder typeface on some areas of the label, like calories and servings.
Serving size - Serving size will now reflect the amount of food a person typically eats. It is no longer a recommendation.
Servings per container - This number reflects how many times you should be able to consume the above mentioned portion from one container.
Calories - This number reflects how much energy the food will provide to your body.
o 100 calories per serving is a moderate amount.
o 400 calories and above per serving is considered a high calorie food.
But since we know don’t calories alone don’t make a food, there’s more!
Sugar is now broken down by total sugars and added sugars:
o Total sugar minus Added sugar = naturally occurring sugar in a food.
· Added sugars are any sugar added to a food during processing or packaging
o This can include white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, molasses, and even concentrated fruit and vegetable juices.
o Remember, no matter what “kind” of sugar it is, your body uses it the same way.
- Added sugars should be no more than 10 percent of daily calories for people (4 years and older)
· % DV has been updated to reflect new scientific evidence
o % daily value is a tool you can use to help you meet or not exceed intake of certain nutrients
o 5 percent or less per serving is considered low
o 20 percent or more per serving is considered high
o Choose foods that are lower in total fat, sodium, and added sugars.
o Choose foods that are high in fiber.
· NEW! - vitamin D and potassium now have a place on the label.
o Most Americans don’t get enough of these nutrients
o Use the %DV to choose foods that are high in vitamin D and Potassium
These changes to nutrition labels make it easier for people to understand more about the foods they are consuming. Understanding a nutrition label can help you choose foods that best fit your lifestyle and help you reach your health goals.
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