A couple weeks ago, the FDA announced that there would be some changes to the way they labeled food, and–to risk sounding like a nerd–I’m pretty excited about the changes. The three biggest changes, in my opinion, are:
- The phrases “calories”, “serving size” and “servings per container” are going to be bigger and more prominent.
- Vitamin D, iron, potassium and calcium will be included on the label in actual grams as well as the daily value percent.
- Labels will include added sugars, in grams and daily percent values. I personally think this is the biggest deal–how many times have you picked up something, like fruit juice, and wondered how many grams of sugar was added and how many occurred naturally?
Manufacturers have until July of 2018 to make the changes. Here is a version of our current label and a label with the new changes.
I like the look of the new label a lot, and even though we’re a couple years out from having them switched over, I think it will make a difference in the way people see the nutrients (and the additives) in their food.
There are also some changes being made to serving sizes, to make them more realistic and based on what people are actually eating.
What do you think of the changes that are coming to food labels? Do you think they will make a difference in the way people eat and shop?