What better way to celebrate National Nutrition Month! The new FDA proposal is a big win win for consumers and those lobbying nutrition professionals at The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The current Nutrition Facts label is 20 years old, and does not reflect the current food environment or recent scientific research. Consumers want information they can use to make healthful choices. And new research on consumers' use of the label, eating patterns, nutrition science and chronic diseases needs to be reflected on the label. Serving sizes for many products have been updated to realistically reflect the amounts people actually eat at one sitting, nutrient comparisons between ‘per serving’ and ‘per container’ are available, and a new requirement will tell consumers how much sugar is being added to a product.
Since the FDA indicated it would be making revisions, the Academy
has been actively encouraging the agency to update the label to reflect
the best science about the current food and disease environment. The
most significant modifications to the label reflect the Academy's
evidence-based recommendations for promoting healthful eating, and align
with its Food Labeling Principles.
The Academy will continue to work with the FDA on future
initiatives, including the possibility of Front of Package labeling and
the sorts of health claims and structure or function claims that can be
made about foods. We want the label to be truthful and not misleading.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest
organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is
committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession
of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
~ Dr. Glenna McCollum, Academy President