What You Need to Know About the New Nutrition Facts Label

May 23 2016
That familiar Nutrition Facts label is getting a new look! The US Food and Drug Administration has officially updated the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods, and we like it. The goal is to make it easier for consumers to make better-informed food choices. Here are the big changes...

More prominent calorie counts, servings per container, and serving size info. The calorie count is now HUGE and bold! The serving sizes and servings per container are also shown in larger fonts, and the serving size is in bold, so no more confusing that multi-serving bag for a single serving. Speaking of which...

More realistic (larger) serving sizes. By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. This means no more measly 1/2-cup serving of ice cream; the standard is now 2/3 cup. Also, packages that contain between 1 and 2 servings -- like that 15-oz. can of soup -- will now officially list stats for the whole can. YES!

Information about added sugar. This has become a hot-button topic, as many of us are now keeping tabs on the amount of sugar we eat. But when we look at food labels, the sugar listing lumps together naturally occurring sugar and the added stuff. On the new label, the added sugars are singled out. Sweet!

So when will you see these labels on shelves? Food manufacturers have until July 26th, 2018, to get with the program; smaller companies will get an extra year. We're hoping that the big companies hustle to see who can be the first on the market to roll them out… Let the race begin!

For more food news like this -- plus healthy recipes, food finds, tips 'n tricks, and more -- sign up for free daily emails from Hungry Girl!