New Food Nutrition Labels, Coming Soon
Written by Editor   
Thursday, June 16, 2016 12:00 AM

The nutrition facts panel on the back of food packages -- that box many of us check to see how many calories and how much fat, protein, and fiber are in the foods we eat -- is getting a new look.

Among the key changes:
  • A new line will tell people how much sugar has been added to a processed food.
  • Serving sizes will be updated to more closely reflect the amount of a food people actually eat. A serving of ice cream, for example, will be increased to two-thirds of a cup instead of one-half cup. A serving of soda will go from 8 to 12 ounces.
  • Calories will be larger and bolder.
  • Daily values will be updated to reflect the most recent science. The daily value for fiber has been increased from 25 grams to 28 grams, for example.

  • New vitamins and minerals will get some space. Potassium and vitamin D, two nutrients that Americans tend not to get enough of, will now be featured on food labels.

These are the first updates to nutrition labels in 2 decades. Food manufacturers will have between 2 and 3 years, depending on their size, to comply.

The Sugar Association has said there’s no scientific basis for distinguishing between added sugars and those that are naturally in foods. They also say there’s no evidence that labeling these sugars will help people improve the quality of their diets.