My friend and colleague, Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Susan Mayne, Ph.D., Director, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, recently released a new blog article titled “Unveiling the New Nutrition Facts Label”, which updates the public on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s new Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. This new labeling has been designed with changes that will make it easier for consumers to make informed choices about what they’re eating.
As stated in the article:
“Our goal is to help people make better informed food choices that support a healthy diet. The changes are based on updated science that reinforces the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
This is not about telling people what they should eat. It’s about making sure that they know what they’re eating. With that knowledge, they can make more healthful choices. For example, the new Nutrition Facts label includes the addition of information about added sugars. Studies have shown that healthy dietary patterns that include lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages are strongly associated with reduced cardiovascular disease.”
Additional information can be found in the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s article titled “Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label”, along with an informative “Side-By-Side Comparison” visual of the previous and new food labels for consumers to review.
Take a few minutes to look at these new changes … they can assist you in making better health choices not only for yourself; but, also for your family members and loved ones.