Friday, May 20, 2016

History is Made New Food Labels Are on the Way

Today First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the long-awaited update of the Nutrition Facts food label! For the first time ever the label will have a line for added sugars—and a corresponding percent Daily Value—so you’ll know how much added sugar is in your food and how it fits into your daily diet.

It’s a historic advance—the first time the labels have been updated since we won the fight for a new line for artery-clogging trans fat.  It’s great news for consumers, who could use the labels to cut their risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and should spur food manufacturers to put less sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other forms of refined sugars in the packaged foods you buy.

The new Daily Value for added sugars on the revised labels will be 50 grams, or about 12 teaspoons—an amount representing 10 percent of the daily 2,000 calories recommended for many adults. Once the rules are implemented, the Nutrition Facts label on a 20-ounce bottle of Coke, for example, would likely show that it had 130 percent of the added sugars limit for a day. 

The new labels will help consumers looking at labels for things like yogurt, jams, or cereals know how much of the sugar comes from fruit or milk, and how much comes from high-fructose corn syrup or other added sugars.

Read the rest of the May 20, 2016 press release by Center for Public Interest CSPI Praises FDA, First Lady, Administrations for Revisions to Food Labels click here

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