Trying to lose 10 pounds? We’ve got some good news! Last Friday Michelle Obama debuted the FDA’s updated nutrition facts label, which will be displayed on nearly 800,000 different food products nationwide come July. The best part is, it’s chock full of information that will make it easier for you to lose weight. “You will no longer need a microscope, a calculator or a degree in nutrition to figure out whether the food you are buying is actually good,” the First Lady said. Curious what changes are coming your way? We’ve got the 4-1-1—and the intel on how the new label can help you reach your weight loss goal!
CALORIE & SERVING SIZE INFORMATION
On the new label, the font size used to print calorie information will be three times larger than the numbers that sit beneath it. Obama says this will help consumers better see it—you know, in case they’ve never noticed the number that sits directly to the right of the word “calorie” before. Serving size information will also be altered to better reflect how much food people actually eat in one sitting. Obama notes this will reduce the amount of time people will need to spend calculating calorie counts—which is a great thing! The less brain power it takes to figure out if what you’re eating is indeed a healthy pick, the better.
THE ADDED SUGAR LINE
The most significant change (and arguably, the one that will have the biggest effect on your waistline) is the way in which sugar will be listed on the label. Moving forward, the FDA will require that sugars that are added into products during the processing stage, be listed as “Added Sugars.” This will help consumers identify how much of the sweet stuff is coming from healthy things like fruit and dairy and how much is coming from things like sucrose, corn syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrates, and dextrose, which will all be considered “added.”
Vitamin D and potassium will also be making an appearance on the new label while Vitamins A and C will get the boot. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson, Lori Zanini, many Americans don't get enough Vitamin D or potassium, two nutrients that are vital for optimal bone and heart health. Vitamins A and C, on the other hand, aren’t lacking in the average American’s diet.