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FDA Reveals Changes to Nutrition Facts Label, Coming in 2018

By , SparkPeople Blogger
On Friday, the FDA released a new version of the nutrition facts label, which will enable consumers to make more informed dietary choices. Most manufacturers are required to place the new label on packaged foods by July of 2018.
Below are some of the more noteworthy changes you'll notice on the new label:
  • Added sugars will be added to the list of nutritional information, to distinguish the amount of sugar that is added to foods versus the sugar that occurs naturally.
  • Serving sizes have been updated to more accurately reflect how much food people eat in one sitting. For instance, a serving of ice cream will change from a half cup to 2/3 cup. Dual serving size columns—per serving and per package—will also be shown for larger products that may or may not be eaten all at once.
  • Food manufacturers are now required to include the exact amount of calcium, iron, potassium and vitamin D. Vitamins A and C are now optional.
  • You'll still see Total Fat, Saturated Fat and Trans Fat, but Calories from Fat will no longer appear.
  • Daily Values will be updated for some nutrients—including fiber, vitamin D and sodium—to reflect new reports and research related to nutritional needs.
  • The type face for calories, servings per container and serving size have been enlarged and bolded to make it easier to get this information while scanning.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of the old and new labels.

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At a glance, here are the changes that have been made to the new label.

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What do you think about the new nutrition facts label?

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The USDA is still an agenda-driven group, driven by politics & lobbyists. The take-away is: every person still has to be a very well read & informed consumer, looking out for their own best interest! Report
good changes! Report
I recently read something about the new labels and can't wait until they are out. I just love the fact that the print is going to be larger, they are going to include the added sugars and that foods will now show how much potassium is in an item too! Report
I am looking forward to added sugars being on nutrition labels. Report
I like the look and the changes. My only question is how one label went from 1g of sugar to 12g of sugar. You can't say it is added sugars because these were always in the count before, just not separated. Report
Like some of changes like the sugars the nutritional actual and larger calories
but don't like serving size as then have to figure out actual portion size so if i eat 1/2 cup ice cream the calories will harder to figure out at the 3/4 cup. but if it is an individual package i can see it being that way just not on a 1/2 gal ice cream where there are several servings. Report
I applaud the changes. They reflect aspects of nutrition that need to be more of our focus. I just wonder who eats 2,000 calories a day? If only... Report
A definite improvement... Report
I LOVE this!! Report
I am glad they have to put potassium on the labels and the bold print really helps. Fiber should be separated into soluble and insoluble because they are used by the body differently. Report
Love the potassium added and the amounts rather than percentages Report
Updating the amount of a serving to reflect what people now eat may sound like a good idea, but for people who are watching portions we will have to rethink the serving size versus the portion that works for us! The example of ice cream is especially noteworthy! People tend to overeat when the portion seems small. A pint of ice cream seems small. A half cup is super small. Changing the portion from one half to two thirds cup still seems small. We will really have to measure carefully to avoid getting or portions out of whack! Eyeballing our food amounts won't cut it!!! Report
CHERRYZMB60 - To get calories from fat, multiply the number of fat grams by 9. In the food label above, there are 8 grams of fat. 8 x 9 = 72, so there are 72 calories from fat.

Protein and carbs each have 4 calories per gram.

8 grams of fat = 72
37 grams of carbs = 148
3 grams of protein = 12

Add them all up: 72+148+12 = 232

There is a rounding factor, but it's close.
I LOVE these changes! As a diabetic I know how important it is to avoid those added sugars! These label changes will make it easier for everyone to make better (healthier) food choices. Report
i LOVE that they're adding "Added Sugars"
that will be very helpful Report
Calories and serving size should be big and bold. I like it and also like the added
sugars section. I would think Vitamin A and C is a big deal and shouldn't be dropped off. Report
I am hoping that you will forward our comments to the FDA Report
I am pleased with the addition of "added sugar" nutrition info. It should help people realize how pervasive sugar is in their commercially supplied diets!
I am VERY disappointed that manufacturers are still allowed to "round down" to zero an amount less than one. That information is KNOWN by them; why can't we have it? It would be (finally) truth in advertising!
Lastly, we are told by nutritionists that fiber provides no calories to the human body. Yet the amount of total calories reflects them as having full value (of calories) that all carbohydrates have (4 calories /gram). This is pretty simple and obvious to me -- either I AM getting the total calories stated on the label when I eat a product -- or I'm NOT. If I am NOT getting them because I'm eating fiber, why are there any calories being reported attributable to fiber?
Despite knowing what I know, I am becoming confused since almost always total calories reflect the presence of fiber as if fiber had a caloric value. WHICH IS IT? Did they teach me wrong in grad school?!? Report
Am really happy to see added sugars specifically stated. This will be immensely helpful (currently I estimate based on food content, order in ingredients list or compare it to unsweetened versions). This makes it a lot easier.

Vitamin A is a big deal to me. I wish that was still required, but assume that manufacturers will do so if above trace amounts.

Calories from fat would continue to be helpful, but I can just do a quick grams x 9 for that.

All that said, even if not so much helpful for me, the size of the calories will likely be very helpful to most. Report
it's OK but i would like to know the calories from Fat Report
Finally! Report
Wow....what a difference in the "sugar" total! I like the new design. The larger print is going to help too. Report
Hurrah - we are moving in the right direction Report
I think the larger print is more helpful as is the updated portions. Maybe if people saw the typical portion spelled out, they might think type how much they eat of it. (We can only hope, ok?!) Report
With my vision problems the larger size will be a big help to me and I'm happy to see that they are listing sugars. Report
I'm glad they are including potassium. This is one of the things people with kidney disease (raises hand) need to keep track of. This will be so helpful. Also like larger print calories, etc. Report
I wish grocery stores also labelled the foods they made with nutritional information. Like the produce department makes yogurt parfaits or cheese and fruit snacks in little containers. There is also things made by the store in bakery. All of this info would be informative too. Report
Please tell me the difference between a gram of sugar and an "added" gram of sugar. No difference. Why force a change on manufacturers when there is no real change here? Just more feel-good regulators getting in the way and costing producers (and consumers) more money. Report
I wish they would also have sugars listed in a more familiar unit like tsp and tbsp. Not many people can visualise a gram of sugar. Report
I love this!!! I loved the total sugars and especially the added potassium info! Report
Like seeing calories and serving size easier to read. Good to have more info than less regarding sugars. Report