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Wellness news: New food label from the FDA

The FDA implemented a new food label on July 26 that focuses attention on the main aspects of nutrition consumers need to make quick, informed food choices.
Aug 10, 2016

An individual's eating habits and food choices are the leading contributors to the trending high rates of obesity and diabetes. Obesity and diabetes increase chances for cardiovascular disease (the #1 killer in America). The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has taken initiative and issued a solution: a new food label. The current food label is outdated and does not reflect new nutritional and public health research that can help American's combat cardiovascular disease.

The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association strongly encourage all people to read the label, read the label, read the label!

In a study done by the University of Minnesota,  researchers found that of the people who self-reported that they always read the label, 50% only read one major component of the label (either calories, trans-fat, saturated fat or total fat), not the entire label. 

Based on the understanding that not all individuals will take the time to read the entire label, the new label focuses attention on the main aspects of nutrition that consumers need to make quick, informed food choices: serving sizes, calories added sugars and required nutrients.

  • Serving sizes: While some serving sizes will decrease, laws mandate that the food label msut include a serving size that is a realistic reflection of a person's eating habits.
  • Calories: In order to ensure that consumers are properly informed of how many calories they are ingesting, the new food label bolds 'Calories' and increases the font size, making it the largest component on the label.
  • Added Sugars: The FDA's decision to include added sugars on the label comes from the increased caloric intake that results from ingesting extra sugar added by the manufacturer.
  • Required Nutrients: Since the last update to the food label in 1993, the intake of required nutrients has changed.

Food and beverage manufacturers were required to make these changes by July 26, 2016, so watch for them the next time you take a trip to the grocery store.

For more information on the changes to the new label as well as healthy recipes, exercise tips and webinars check out this month's Delta Health Systems Newsletter.

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