Late last month, the FDA proposed the first major changes to food nutrition labels in over two decades. The changes, which are currently under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget, are meant to make nutrition labels easier to read and comprehend. If the proposals are approved, the new nutrition labels will put a stronger emphasis on a food’s calorie count. The text indicating the total amount of calories will be bigger, and the labels’ focus will shift from “calories from fat” to “total calories”. The new labels will also alter serving sizes so that they more closely reflect how people eat. For example, if most people eat a bag of candy in one serving, the new labels will provide nutritional information relating to one serving. As of right now, many bags of candy provide nutritional information for 2 or 3 servings.
Reaction to these proposed changes has been largely positive. First Lady Michele Obama, coordinator of the Let’s Move! nutritional program, said that “this is a big deal, and it’s going to make a big difference for families all across the country”. And Laura Cipullo, a blogger for The Huffington Post, said that the larger calorie labels will be “helpful for many people”.