Nutrition labels changed for the first time during the last 20 years

Revolution in nutritionology

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that changes to Nutrition Facts labels have been finalized. Large manufacturers must update their labels till July 2018. Here is the list of proposed changes

Vitamin A and C no longer required

Please do not get confused and think that these Vitamins are no longer important for the health of your organism. The point is the Vitamin A deficiency and Vitamin C deficiency have become very rare during last 20 years. That’s why specifying the amounts of those vitamins is now optional. Manufacturers can still include the information at their own will.

Vitamin D and Potassium made required

Vitamin D and Potassium deficiencies on the contrary are becoming more frequent among population. Vitamin D is crucial for bone health and Potassium is great for lowering blood pressure.

Added sugars made mandatory

Both Daily value and absolute value in grams should be specified for added sugars. Dietary Guidelines suggest to consume less than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugars.

Actual amounts for Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Vitamin D made required

Specifying actual amounts (in addition to Daily Value) has been made Mandatory for Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Vitamin D. Specifying absolute amounts for other minerals and vitamins is still permitted by the format, but is optional.

Serving sizes updated

By the definition the serving size should be based on the amounts people really usually eat. It appears that during last 20 years some of those quantities changed. For instance people are eating relatively more Ice Cream. If before the usual serving size was considered as one third of a cup, now it changed to two thirds.

Visual and text adjustments

Calories section is to be significantly bigger now. Serving Size has been made larger and bolder. The text explaining the meaning of Daily value changed to the following "*The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice."