Our grocery choices may be changing soon. According to a recent article in the New York Times, the nutrition labels we currently read are going to have some major changes at some point in the next year or so.
Calories will be in larger type and portion sizes will be adjusted to reflect how much we actually eat. It would be the first significant reshaping of the nutrition information on food labels since the federal government started requiring them in the early 1990s.
The 1990 labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly, and federal health officials argued that the changes were needed to bring labels into step with the reality of the modern American diet.
One of the new edits to the label is requiring information about added sugars. “We know that as a nation we eat too much sugar,” stated Margaret Hamburg, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner. “While some of those sugars occur naturally in foods, much of it is additive. Added sugar contributes to a substantial portion of American calories but doesn’t provide much else in the way of nutrients. This has major implications for maintaining a healthy body weight.”