In about 3 years, that is!
It’s hard to believe it has been 20 years, since the Nutrition Facts label was updated. Based on current research, below is a list of the FDA’s proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label:
- Calories more prominently displayed (see image below)
- More realistic serving sizes (also in larger print)
- Calories from Fat removed from label
- Added sugars listed separately
- Vitamin D and Potassium content added
In Chapter 12 of my book, 400 Moms, I talk about the importance of improved Nutrition Facts labels, and separating out added sugar in particular. I’m very excited about this proposed change! I just hope the FDA doesn’t cave to food industry pressure and retract the added sugars change!
It’s also really great that Vitamin D and Potassium content will be required on the label, given all the research supporting the importance of Vitamin D for bone health and the evidence that Americans are far below recommended intakes for potassium, which is important for healthy blood pressure and heart health.
The public has 90 days to comment, so if you’re interested in reading more or submitting comments, go to the FDA’s official docket at www.regulations.gov.
It is very likely that the food industry will have arguments against some of the proposed changes, so it’s estimated that the final rules governing the Nutrition Facts label will take about a year to complete. The FDA then proposes that the food industry be given 2 years to change their labels once the final rules are published. So… these new labels will take about 3 years to really hit supermarket shelves.
For more detailed information about the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label, click here.
Any questions or comments for Jill? Go to the “Ask Jill” box above.