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Nutrition Label Changes

Remember how over 2 years ago I told you how you could tell the FDA what you thought about changes to the food label? Well, I hope you did. If you did, maybe your voice counted.

Recently, the FDA announced what changes they will be making to the nutrition facts labels on your foods. The new labels will have to be in place by July 2018, which is quite awhile. But it is great to see some changes. Here’s the label:

New Nutrition Labels

What’s New (my highlights):

-Updates to the serving size. Not only is the font bigger, but the amounts should be changing. No longer will there be serving sizes on a cookie that are ¼ of a cookie. Serving sizes and nutrition facts must reflect amounts people actually eat. Hooray!

-Other items bolded or in larger font for ease of finding key information, like calories.

-Added sugars will now be on the label. I am very excited about this. Now you can know how much sugar is being added to foods that naturally have sugar in them, such as yogurt and fruit products.

-Vitamin D and Potassium will now be on the label rather than vitamin A and C. I am also a big fan of this change. Vitamin D and potassium are key nutrients for heart health, and those with kidney disease need to be acutely aware of their potassium intake. This will help.

This is a great change for food labeling. Hopefully, it helps us make better choices in the grocery stores. For more details on all the changes, visit fda.gov. Let me know your thoughts on the changes in the comments!

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GMO legislation

Since we had our series on GMOs awhile ago (read parts 1, 2, 3, and 4), I found this bit about GMO labeling legislation interesting.

Back in July, the House of Representatives passed a bill called the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act 2015.  This bill would allow for voluntary labeling of non-GMO foods.  Foods made from a GMO crop could still be called natural if certain conditions are met.  However, labels cannot have any implication that non-GMO foods are safer than GMO foods.

Some GMO foods would be required to be labeled.  This would be required if there is a meaningful difference between a GMO and non-GMO version or if it is necessary for public safety or to prevent the product label from being misleading.

Also important, this federal law (if passed by the senate and signed into law by the president) would pre-empt any state laws related to GMO food labeling.

Many consider this a win for big food companies.  As evidenced by by previous posts on GMOs, I don’t see anything wrong with most of the aspects of the legislation.  My only hesitation would be on allowing the natural label for GMO products.

What do you think?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Have any nutrition questions? Need help with meal planning or a special dietary need? Send your questions to me at kimberlykmarsh(at)gmail(dot)com, and I will answer them in upcoming posts!

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