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Coming to a Grocery Store near You

Help me give a big welcome to today’s guest blogger Dominique Lopez-Stickney, a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian. Dominique is a Health Coach here at Moda and specializes in weight and diabetes management, and health behavior change. Today she shares her thoughts on the new proposed nutrition label.

This morning, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label to reflect the public health needs of the United States.  There will no doubt be many opinions about the proposed changes. As an informed consumer, here’s what you need to know:

  • Calories from Fat removed: Low fat and fat free used to be the craze. Now, we know that the type of fat we consume is more important to our health than the total fat.
  • Added Sugars inserted: The average American consumes around 300 calories per day of added sugars, which is triple the recommended amount.
  • Serving size changed: More realistic serving sizes for what Americans actually eat, displayed clearer, so it’s easy to know how many calories we’re eating.

View the current and proposed Nutrition Facts labels, below, to see more changes. From the perspective of a Registered Dietitian, I think the new label will be easier to read for consumers, which is what it should be. The Nutrition Facts label is one tool that we should be able to quickly scan at the grocery store to determine if a product will help us with our health goals.

So, what are your thoughts? You have 90 days to visit regulations.gov/#!home to voice your opinion on the proposed changes. The food industry has two years to comply to the changes once they are finalized. The new label is shown below.

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