Five Changes to Food Labels
By Tamara Lowengrub MS
1. Serving size– The serving size is now a more realistic measure and more accurately reflects the portion normally consumed. Also, some companies have added the dual column in case the package is consumed in 1 serving.
2. Vitamins and minerals – These have changed. Vitamin A and vitamin C are no longer listed. Vitamin D and potassium have been added, because Americans generally don’t consume adequate amounts of these micronutrients.
3. Information on added sugar -In addition to sugar naturally occurring in food, added sugar is now listed separately on the new labels
4. Calorie content – The number of calories is now listed in a bigger and bolder font, making the number impossible to ignore. In addition, the label will specifically indicate where the calories are coming from enabling consumers to apply the concept of nutrient density to their food choices.
5. Sodium – The daily allowance decreases slightly, from 2400 mg to 2300mg. Processed foods and dining out are the largest source of sodium in the average American’s diet.