Well, I can’t wait to see the fighting on this one, because this is one of the best pieces of information-based legislation consumers have if they want to make good decisions regarding their food choices. So far that’s not been saying much, since the Nutrition Facts label has been so difficult for most people to interpret that they largely ignore it. These changes would be mighty helpful. Here’s what the FDA is proposing:
The press release may be found here.
The comment period, which will last for 90 days, will begin Monday. Anyone can comment, and I highly suggest you do. My first-read has me poised to ask the FDA to include calories from added sugar, not just grams (but in case you were wondering, it’s a teaspoon for every 4 grams Currently, though, sugars from fruit and sugars from added sugar are included under the same category). The Daily Values have not been updated in so long that the upper limit for salt (2300 mg) is LESS than the current daily value listed (<2400 mg — which to most people means 2400 mg. The current recommendation for sodium is generally 1500 mg). It’s way past time. Look for a food fight here, but Ms. Obama is building a serious legacy with this one.
Get your fingers on the keyboard if you like the idea of having quick reference to what is in your food.