Your Healthy Family

Feb 27, 2014 7:36 PM by Annie Snead

Your Healthy Family: Food Label Changes

The way our food products are labeled could change for the first time in 20 years.
Clarity and ease - the purpose behind changes to that nutrition label on the back of food products we use everyday.
The calorie count will be more visible and the serving size will now reflect what your actually eating and drinking.
"They want it to be less misleading and have people say okay this bottle is this many calories and make it more realistic" said David Egerdahl, a registered dietician with Memorial Hospital.
He says they need an update and thinks the best thing being considered is adding a place to differentiate how much sugar is added sugar.
"Most of the health organizations, American Heart Association, they say men need to limit themselves 65 grams of added sugar a day, women need to limit themselves to 45 grams of added sugar a day..well how the heck to I know that?" said Egerdahl.
And now the consumer would be able to look at the label and see how much is in the product.
First Lady Michelle Obama is behind the big push for the label make-over.
"But in the end, our guiding principle here is simple. That you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store, pick an item off the shelf and tell whether if it's good for your family." said First Lady Michelle Obama.
The new labels are still several years away.
The FDA will take comments on the proposal for 90 days and a final rule could take another year.


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