Here’s what has changed on the new food labels

Michelle Obama unveiled new proposed nutrition labels Thursday, which feature updates health advocates believe will lead consumers to make healthier and more informed food choices.

PostTV shows you what has changed on the new labels, and why:

The nutrition labels on your food are getting an overhaul for the first time in 20 years as the FDA plans to make them easier to read. Here's what you need to know. (The Washington Post)

Here are some differences on the new proposed labels:

  • Calorie count will be bigger and more prominent on the label.
  • Serving sizes will be clarified, and the number of servings per package will be shown more prominently.
  • There will be a new line for “added sugars,” meaning those not found naturally in the foods that come from corn syrup and other products.
  • Daily percentage values will move to the left margin of the label.
  • The amount of vitamin D and potassium will be shown, but vitamins A and C won’t be.

The new labels must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration as well as Congress, so it could take more than a year for the new version to appear on food packaging.

GRAPHIC: A look at two versions of the proposed nutrition labels

Video by Jason Aldag with Gillian Brockell.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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