Food labels to get first makeover in 20 years with new emphasis on calories, sugar
The ubiquitous nutrition label on food packages is about to get its first overhaul in 20 years, a change that is likely to have a dramatic effect on what people choose to eat and drink and what products sell on supermarket shelves.Obama administration officials say the update, scheduled to be formally unveiled Thursday at a White House event, is necessary to keep pace with the science of nutrition and to reduce confusion about what qualifies as healthy food.
(GRAPHIC: A look at the proposed nutrition labels by the FDA. Akira Ono/Associated Press – On July 9, 2003, FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan announced that food labels would be required to list the amount of unhealthy trans fat during a news conference at the Health and Human Services Department.)
The new label, which could take years to appear on store shelves, includes more than a half dozen significant changes — such as more prominent calorie counts and more realistic serving sizes — that advocates see as key in fighting the country’s obesity epidemic. Years of research show that tracking calories may be more important than tracking fat consumption when it comes to your health.