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  • The FDA Nutrition Label Makeover: What You Need to Know

  • Nutrition labels are soon getting a big-time makeover.
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  • At the grocery store, do you pause to carefully read nutrition labels, or do you toss items into your cart without so much as a cursory glance at the back of the package? Whether you’re a scrupulous calorie counter or a careless consumer, don’t be surprised if you soon discover that the familiar foods labels have gotten a facelift. In February, the Food and Drug Administration proposed significant changes to its nutrition label standards. If passed, these changes would mark the first major overhaul of nutrition labeling in more than two decades. In a nation faced with a dire obesity crisis, the redesigned labels aim to create greater transparency about the healthfulness of packaged food products—by displaying larger-font calorie counts, shedding light on added sugars, and more accurately reflecting modern-day serving sizes. Thus far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive among the nutrition community. “I think it’s huge step forward,” says Samantha Cassetty, M.S., R.D, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute and editor of 7 YEARS YOUNGER: THE ANTI-AGING BREAKTHROUGH DIET. “People deserve nutrition information that’s clear and easy-to-read in order to help steer them towards healthier food choices.” The subject of a nutrition label makeover has been bouncing around the FDA for almost a decade. So why now? It's partially an effort to combat obesity, partially an effort to stay up-to-date with the most current research. Since the 1990s, there's much we've learned about nutrition—we now know that not all fat is bad, for example, and that excess sugar is to blame for many of our diseases and conditions. “For 20 years consumers have come to rely on the iconic nutrition label to help them make healthier food choices,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D, in a press release. “To remain relevant, 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.” Curious as to what the revamped labels will look like? We highlight some of the key proposed changes below. This article originally appeared as on Spry Living

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