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“To remain relevant,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said in a press statement today, “the FDA’s newly proposed Nutrition Facts label incorporates the latest in nutrition science as more has been learned about the connection between what we eat and the development of serious chronic diseases impacting millions of Americans.”
Like so many of us, the FDA just wants to remain relevant. Today is the fourth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, and with it comes the unveiling of new food nutrition labels. The Nutrition Facts required on food packages for 20 years hven’t changed significantly since 2006, when trans fat was added to the label.
At first glance, the new one is not much different. Apart from the giant calorie number.
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Contrary to the judgment above, the new label is actually *quite a bit* different: does away with “calories from fat”, and includes a new “added sugars” line that shows how much refined sugar is being put in by the manufacturer (huge!)
Some serving sizes will also change to account for Americans’ realistic portions. For example, one reporter described the change of “1/2 cup” changing to “1 cup” serving size on ice cream containers, because, let’s be real — who’s actually eating 1/2 cup of ice cream? I’m thinking the only way they could improve on this is by adding portion lines *inside* the container. Also encouraging: providing nutritional information for an entire 20 oz. bottled beverage, rather than the serving size of half the bottle (because who only drinks half a bottle of soda?)
Finally, when read left to right (as most Americans do), the numbers jump out first, which can be helpful in quick assessment & more healthy decision-making. Overall, I’m really excited about these changes.
Spotted at Goodwill: a half-knit scarf in great colors, still on the needles, with all of the corresponding yarn. #sad #someoneadoptit #knitting #handmade