Nutrition Expert on New Food Labels

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The FDA announced last month that it will be reforming its ‘nutrition facts’ labels on most packaged foods.

Sabrina Trudo, an associate professor of human nutrition for the U of A, says that this reform will help consumers make more informed decisions on the foods that they choose to buy.

“The design has been revised a bit with the type larger for the words ‘calories,’ ‘servings per container’ and ‘serving size,'” Trudo said.  “The number of calories and ‘serving size’ will be in bold type.  Serving sizes are supposed to reflect the amount people typically eat since portion sizes have increased over the years.”

Most manufacturers will be required to have the revised labels by July 26, 2018, though smaller sellers will have an extra year to comply.

“This change could help people avoid excess calories that don’t bring needed nutrients,” Trudo said. 

For more information on the new labels, click here.

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