While requiring food maufacturers to tell consumers how much sugar they're adding to processed food is grabbing headlines, other changes are being made that will help people make informed decisions about the foods they eat and feed their families.
“I am thrilled that the FDA has finalized a new and improved Nutrition Facts label that will be on food products nationwide,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is going to make a real difference in providing families across the country the information they need to make healthy choices.”
The new Nutrition Facts label being required by the U.S. Foood and Drug Administration will include the following.
- Declaration of grams and a percent daily value for “added sugars” to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product. It's difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugars, and this is consistent with the scientific evidence supporting the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.