The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in 20 years is proposing a revision to nutrition labels on our food packaging. More emphasis on calorie count and serving size are apparent with larger font size. Serving size is a critical aspect of keeping weight under control. For example, twenty-ounce bottles of soda would be counted as one serving, rather than the 2.5 servings often listed now. Many people do not realize they may be eating 2 or 3 servings of food even when they are eating healthier foods, the calories can add up.
An additional category is also being suggested for added sugar. Sugars that are added to our foods are strongly linked to obesity and other adverse health outcomes such as increased risk for heart disease. This recommendation comes after numerous studies were released, including a study from the American Medical Association which observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for cardiovascular disease mortality.
The recommendations hope to raise awareness of what type of foods and how much Americans are eating. Take a look at the proposed labels below. Do you think it will make a difference in what you eat?
Author: Kya Schnettler, Living Well FDL Coalition Coordinator