The nutrition label was 20 years old without being updated. It was time!
Much has changed since the introduction of the nutrition label, including the types of food and the portions. Thanks to this change, we will be able to be better informed about the food we eat in order to make correct decisions about our diet.
What is going to change?
What You See Is What You Eat
The size of the calorie font will be larger to make it clear how many calories we are consuming. Additionally, the nutrition label will reflect a realistic serving to avoid confusion. For example, instead of giving details about 1/2 cup of ice cream, the serving will be one cup. Now they can no longer fool us!
My favorite change to the nutrition label is that they will now state how much sugar is added to the product. This is very important for us, the consumers, since we can immediately know which products are not healthy. It is recommended that the calories from added sugars be equivalent to 10% or less of the product. If it exceeds this percentage, better avoid it!
The Percentage Indicated
Vitamin D and potassium information will now be available in grams and not just percent daily value (%VD). The reason is to help us consume these nutrients properly which will help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Quality Instead Of Quantity
The "calories from fat" will not be available. Studies show that knowing the type of fat a product contains is better than knowing the amount. For example, avocado and almond fat is not the same as pork fat.
The True Caloric Value
Finally, the percentage of daily value (%VD) has been updated to reflect the percentage that we are consuming with each serving. This is based on a 2,000 calorie diet, which is the general recommendation for adults.
When Will The New Nutrition Label Appear?
All food products must adopt the new nutritional label before summer 2018. For more information visit the website of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA for its acronym in English).
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