Some think there is poor usability of nutrition fact labels on foods. Foodfacts.com believes it’s important for people to be able to decode nutrition labels.
Apparently the FDA is planning several improvements:
* A daily value for added sugars.
* Calorie information in a larger size font; calories listed for the entire package (in addition to single servings) when its contents are expected to be eaten by one person at one time.
* Graphic revisions to make ingredient labels easier to read.
* The percent of key ingredients in parentheses after the ingredient name.
* Warnings about the dangers of caffeine.
* A final definition for the term “natural.”
According to Fooducate, here’s what you need to know
This is important news, assuming the changes will actually be implemented sometime this decade. Here’s what the changes mean:
1. A daily value for added sugars. Right now, when you look at the “sugars” entry in the nutrition facts panel, all you’ll see is a count of sugar grams. You have no way to know if the sugar is from natural sources (fruit mostly) or added (table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey). By adding an entry for added sugars and also indicating a daily recommended maximum consumption level, people will better understand that a Snickers bar and a Coke pretty much cover their added sugar intake for the day.
2. Improved Calorie information. People see 100 calories on the nutrition facts panel and get all giddy. They don’t realize that the serving size for those 100 calories is only one half or one third of the contents of the package or bottle. They get cheated into consuming twice or three times the calories they thought they would.
3. Graphic revisions. Many are hoping this includes getting rid of INGREDIENT LISTS IN ALL CAPITALS.
4. The percent of key ingredients. A label for a cereal would reading: Sugar (42%), Corn Flour (30%), Wheat Flour (12%), Whole Oat Flour (10%),… would better help you realize what you’re putting in your child’s bowl every morning.
5. Warnings about the dangers of caffeine. This is important for energy drinks with outrageous amounts of caffeine.
6. A final definition for the term “natural.” Currently the FDA has no definition for natural. Manufacturers use the term loosely to encompass questionable products in a perception of health they don’t necessarily deserve.
Source and Image: Fooducate