U.S. Unveils First New Nutrition Facts Label In Over 20 Years

Features updates to serving sizes and info on added sugar

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New labelU.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA has unveiled a new food label that's a little more in tune with how people actually eat. It's made serving sizes of food such as ice cream more realistic (i.e., larger), and accounted for snacks that contain more than a single serving. For foods that you're likely to snarf down in one sitting, the label must now bear nutrition information for the whole can, bag, or box as well as the suggested serving.

Some more features of the new nutrition facts label:

  • Info on calories and serving sizes is more prominent

  • A new category tells you how much sugar has been added to the food, and what percentage it fills of your recommended daily intake

  • Vitamins A and C are no longer required, as deficiencies of these nutrients have become pretty rare. People are more likely to be lacking in Vitamin D and potassium, which have been added to the label.

[[via Gizmodo]]