PODCAST. Is that pint of ice cream one serving, two or maybe four? Is the serving size realistic? For the first time in over 20 years, the updated Nutrition Facts label will go into effect between July 2018- July 2019 depending on the size of the manufacturer. What are the five most important changes for your patients to focus on? Listen now.
FDA comparison of the Nutrition Facts labels:
According to the FDA, the new label for packaged foods takes into account updated scientific information, particularly the link between diet and chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and obesity. This should make it easier for patients to make more informed food choices.
Get ready…this has been the most controversial feature of the new label. Want to guess what it is before I tell you? Added sugars…they have now been included. If you recall, the old label shows Total Carbohydrate in grams and then Sugars in grams with no breakout to know where the sugar comes from…added or naturally occurring. The label still says Total Carbohydrate in grams but underneath it will say Total Sugars in grams versus just the word Sugars in grams and below that Added Sugars again in grams.
Now patients can clearly see how many sugar grams are naturally occurring and how many are added. Big change and in my opinion this has been a frustrating point of confusion for a very long time. It will help consumers identify foods that contain empty calories from added sugars and then they can make a decision whether to buy or not.
Also, looking to improve your culinary medicine skills? Try Regina’s recipe for Lemon Risotto with Asparagus. It’s gluten-free if you need it and the asparagus is an easy way to boost fiber intake.