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FDA proposes new food labels

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 5:20 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 10, 2014 5:24 p.m. CDT

Shaw Media recently posted an article about proposed changes to Nutrition Facts food labels. The proposed changes are only recommendations at this point, and would take a few years to fully implement.

Recommended changes include:

- Larger print for calories and serving sizes

- Realistic serving sizes

- Added sugar content

- Sections defining what to avoid and what to get more of

What I have found over the years is that label reading is difficult for most people. Many do not know what they should be looking at or how much of each nutritional component is good or bad. This label would make it a bit easier for everyone to figure out on their own.

I like these proposed changes. Different people may look at different info on the food label (i.e. Fat content, carbs, sugar, etc.), but these proposed changes really highlight the most important info that pertains to everybody — calories and serving size.

Proposed label changes also make info easier to use by helping people to understand what they need to limit and what they want to get more of.  

Current food labels are very “busy” and contain a lot of info that the average person doesn’t need. The proposed label changes simplify the info and get rid of all that extra stuff that most people never look at anyway.

We don’t have to force people to make healthy food choices, but we can encourage them to educate themselves on their options, and to make the right choice accordingly. The easier these labels are to use, the more likely people will be to use them. The more people use food labels, the more we can improve the overall health of our nation through Real Nutrition.

Find more nutrition tips from Kate Olson on her website: RealNutritionbyKate.com. Follow Kate on Twitter at @Realnutrition4U to get daily tips on reading food labels.

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