Under the Food and Drug Administration, companies are beginning to release products with updated nutritional labels. Deborah Kotz, a media contact for the FDA, says that the familiar structure of the label will remain the same, but a few changes have been made. These changes will give consumers the information they require to make healthy dietary choices.

Now it will be easier for customers to scan labels for nutrients. New labels include the amounts of vitamin D, potassium, calcium, and iron, as well as the amount of added sugars. This will allow customers to make appropriate dietary choices that align with their nutritional needs.

Added changes to nutrition labels began in 2016, to mirror the scientific evidence connecting diet to chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Their hope is that these improvements will lessen the risk of public health issues. They have also recently taken a stance on sugar as opposed to fat content.

In fact, the “calories from fat” segment is starting to disappear, as refined sugar becomes the main focus. Because diets high in sugar-sweetened foods can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, the need to make added sugars a focal point on a nutrition label has become more imperative.

Although these changes are a great point of reference, if consumers do not have a basic understanding of nutrition, these updates aren’t going to make much of an impact. Mary Ann Johnson, University of Georgia’s Food and Nutrition Professor, explains that nutritional education should be implemented for these changes to take full effect.

In the future, we hope to see more companies executing these nutritional updates.

Are you looking for healthy snack options free from added sugars?

Sometimes snacks marketed as “health” foods can actually contain quite a lot of refined sugar. For some sugar-free snack options, why not try some of these recipes from our Food Monster App?

Swirled Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

This fudge is 100% decadent and satisfying without the refined sugar! It is naturally sweetened with a touch of maple syrup.

Sugar-Free Turmeric Power Bars

Granola bars are a great grab and go snack, but many store-bought varieties contain large amounts of sugar! These turmeric power bars are completely sugar-free and loaded with superfoods, fiber, antioxidants, and protein.

Creamy Lemon Berry Popsicles

Beat the heat and skip all the extra sugar with these Lemon Berry Popsicles!

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