The Nutrition (Label) Condition

In the ongoing effort to better help fight malnutrition the FDA is proposing to update our current nutrition labels. Recently made public thanks to Michelle Obama, the FDA’s website further outlines what the changes wish to achieve.

Old design [Left] in comparison to proposed redesign [Right]

Old design [Left] in comparison to proposed redesign [Right]

The most notable change in place is the increased font size on the calorie count. Another significant difference is the increased emphasis on serving size, placing the suggested amount above the cup measurements to make it easier for most consumers to measure.

According to the FDA, “The proposed updates reflect new dietary recommendations, consensus reports, and national survey data, such as the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrient intake recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, and intake data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)”

Michelle Obama herself put it best at a recent press conference, “Our guiding principle here is simple, that you as a parent or a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store, pick an item off the shelf and tell whether it’s good for your family.”

More info on the proposed changes can be found here .

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