Michelle Obama was the first person to introduce to the public the new changes FDA will make on the nutrition label of food products. These modifications will hopefully motivate consumers to make better choices while shopping for healthy food.
The American Administration for Food and Drugs has already added new conditions for the display of product packages and restricted the use of the words “healthy” and “natural” on food labels. A product will not be advertised as “healthy” if it doesn’t have a certain content of nutrients and low levels of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.
Adding up to this first initiative, FDA now updated the food label that informs the consumers on the nutritional content of the product. The new label will show updated percentages according to the current American specific health recommendations and will introduce new nutrients required to prevent and control chronic diseases.
The current design for the nutrition facts label is as old as 20 years. The new label should contain updated serving sizes and Daily Values percentages, and will display in a clearer way the nutrients and ingredients contained by the product.
The fields which include values for servings and calories will have larger and bolder fonts. A new field will be added in order to present the added sugars percent. Even the nutrient list had changed, and FDA will make sure the producer will declare the correct amounts on each product.
Consumers are encouraged to choose foods adequate to their lifestyle and health needs.
Daily Values for sodium and fibers have also changed. Sodium has been set to 2,300 milligrams, and fiber has a higher recommended value, 28 grams per day.
The sugars percentage has now being split to show what the ratio of added sugars is. Consumers will be able to see the exact nutritional facts for highly processed foods (which will contain a lot of added sugars) and to compare them with foods that have a more natural provenience.
Added sugars impair cognitive performance and lead to symptoms similar to withdrawal. They increase the risk for cancer and impact the cardiovascular system. Other effects are on dentition, skin and liver functioning, as much as creating the risk of diabetes and cutting down life expectancy.
The list of vitamins has been changed to show information on vitamin D and potassium percentages. Vitamin D helps to strengthen the bones and it lowers the risk for osteoporosis. Potassium has a proven efficiency in lowering blood pressure and removing a potential cancer threat.
Consumers will thus be encouraged to choose foods adequate to their lifestyle and health needs.
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