Nutrition Label Makeover proposed by Michelle Obama

Jorge Olson

February 28, 2014

Nutrition Label Makeover proposed by Michelle Obama

Administration health officials and Michelle Obama unveiled the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed new design for the chart, which is currently printed on more than 700,000 products.
The graphic below shows a side-by-side comparison of the current label, which is on the left, and the FDA’s proposed update.

New Nutrition Label Proposed by Michelle Obama

The most-noticeable change is that a product’s calorie count appears much larger, and without the “calories from fat” annotation. As an added focus on calories, the new label would list “added sugars,” which the FDA said make up 16% of an average American’s daily calorie intake.

In addition, companies will be required to list serving sizes based intake research on amounts people actually eat, as opposed to what they “should be eating.” For instance, the currently label says there are two-and-a-half servings in 20-ounce bottle of soda, but the FDA said research shows many people will drink the entire bottle in one sitting.

Another change on the proposed new label is that products would be required to list potassium and vitamin D values for all products because of their salubrious effects on blood pressure and bone health. Vitamins A and C would become optional to list.

If the new label gets implemented, the FDA will give manufacturers about two years to comply with the new requirements.

What are your thought about this proposed change on nutritional labels?


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