Nutrition Labels — So What’s New About the “New” FDA Rules?

We have all seen them: Nutrition labels. They come in all shapes and sizes, in all sorts of different places on packaging, and most of them are in such tiny print that you need a magnifying glass to read them! Do YOU pay attention to them at all? Should you?

The answer is YES! But what is most important to look for? And why has the FDA come up with new requirements for these labels?

Seems like the obesity epidemic is what is driving the new requirements, which deal mostly with added sugars and servings size. These new guidelines are meant to make it easier to make healthier choices, if the consumer is aware of the calorie and sugar count in the entire package as well as in a serving size. Changes regarding serving size and what information is included in that area of the label are also coming into effect soon.

Here is a link to a recent article regarding the new FDA labeling requirements:http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/05/new-fda-rules/483653/

But to a nutritionist like me (whose main concern is what is REALLY in the foods we consume), what is MOST important is what the ingredients list contains, along with other labels that will either make you purchase the product or place it back onto the grocery store shelf and walk away.

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Just remember to take your time in the grocery store and READ the nutrition facts panel AND the ingredients list. Have a good pair of reading glasses or a magnifying glass (I am SERIOUS here!!), and pull your cart over to the side so that you do not impede traffic in the aisles. Once you get the hang of it, it will not take you as long to glean all the information you need, but it is a learning process to be able to identify what is good — and not so good — for you and your family on a nutrition label.

Health & Happiness,

~ Doneane