This is the proposed new design of the FDA nutrition label. I’m sure you’re not surprised that I like the calorie count in a much larger font.
But I really like the new “added sugars” category because that’s one thing I always pay attention to. It saves me from having to squint at the tiny ingredient list searching for those sneaky words like HFCS, dextrose, mannitol, or ethyl maltol or trying to decide which is ‘natural’ sugar and which only seem natural, like evaporated cane juice, carob syrup, or fruit juice concentrates.
Just the fact that food manufacturers can’t be sneaky about it any longer gives me hope that we’ll find our road to good health a bit easier.
I’ve gotten pretty good about not being tricked by the serving size, but they say they’re going to make more realistic portion sizes also. For one thing, I heard they will designate 1 cup of ice cream as a serving, instead of the standard half-cup they use now. So even though I always measure out a half-cup of ice cream to eat, I guess now I have to eat one cup. That’s how it works, right?
I kid, of course, but I do worry a bit about those people who see that a soda is now labeled as “one serving” and that’s as far as they look, feeling justified that they’re within good limits. [Soapbox note, here ... there's no good limit on your daily soda. Knock it off.]
Here’s the official word from the FDA on the new nutrition labels.
Here’s the old one, for comparison →
They’ve opened the 90-day comment window, so make your opinion known, whether you like the new labels or not. Someone’s asking your opinion for a change … go give it!
I better check out the new label for Fig Newtons before I voice my opinion, though. I’m almost certain those are single serve packages.
What do you think about the new nutrition labels?