FDA says nutrition label changes are on the way

In the 20 years since federal law required nutrition facts to be displayed on food labels, health experts and policymakers have wondered how effective these measures actually are on dietary choices.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the design and content of these labels, and the agency says that changes may be on the way soon. Given that nutritional knowledge has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, experts say bringing nutrition fact standards up to date would be extremely helpful for consumers.

Updates to serving size, calories and fiber

Diane Rigassio Radler, director of the Institute for Nutrition Interventions at the Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, says that categories like fiber and transfats are now more fully understood in terms of how they relate to overall health.

"The FDA's 2010 Dietary Guidelines improved awareness by emphasizing that when we choose grains, at least half of our daily intake should be whole grain - which contains more fiber than refined grains," Radler told RutgersToday.

Categories that should be made easier to see include calories per serving and per package, Radler said.

"Often foods and beverages come in packages that look like single-serve but really contain two or three servings," she said. "If people do not realize that and use the entire package, they may be misled about how many total calories (or how much fat, sodium and cholesterol) they are consuming."

How nutrition labels can influence specific weight loss or nutrition goals, for example, should be something consumers can easily understand, Radler said.

"For example, if weight management is important, then looking at calories and fat is key. It may be more useful for people with other health needs such as blood pressure or diabetes management to use the labels to find foods with low sodium or high fiber."

Source: Rutgers

Get a Free Diabetes Meal Plan

Get a free 7-Day Diabetes Meal Plan from Constance Brown-Riggs who is a Registered Dietitian-Certified Diabetes Educator and who is also a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

Just enter in your email below to download your free Diabetes Meal Plan.

By clicking Submit, you agree to send your info to BattleDiabetes.com who, in addition to 3rd party partners, may contact you with updates, products and information and we agree to use it according to our privacy policy and terms and conditions.

More Articles

More Articles

Scientists have discovered that a single gene forms a common link between type 2 diabetes and...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Natural supplements like cinnamon extract and apple cider vinegar could hold the key to lowering blood sugar levels, according to a recent...

Could a person's risk for type 2 diabetes be written in their genes?

According to a study recently published in ...

Women who frequently shift around their sleeping hours could have worse metabolic health outcomes than their peers who stick with a...

The presence of the hormone leptin may hinder prenatal development, which could explain the origin of type 2 diabetes, according to...

An analysis of fossilized Native American feces shows that our ancestors ate up to sixteen times the fiber that we do today, but our...

Managing diabetes is hugely challenging for people of any age, but a new study suggests that young people may suffer all the more....

Disruptions to the gut’s ecosystem could be a future symptom facing young children who take antibiotics, which makes them more susceptible...

Breastfeeding a newborn holds many benefits for mommy and baby; it reduces the baby's risk for colds and viruses, it helps his bones (and yours)...

Fans of the Dexcom G5 Mobile have something to smile about.

At yesterday's hearing with the U.S. Food and Drug...

If you start your day with a cup of tea and end it with a glass of red wine, your blood sugar may thank you.

At least that...

As medical experts continue to debate whether or not "healthy obesity" can even exist, one new study suggests that risk for heart disease...

For years, type 1 diabetics have been anxiously waiting for that medical marvel that can stop the constant injections: the artificial...

“Low-fat” has been the battle cry of the health-conscious for over ‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌...