Last week the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) finalized the new nutrition labels for packaged foods – the first food label update in 20+ years. The purpose of the update is “to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.” It is designed to make it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices. Among some of the most significant changes: The calorie count is bigger and easier to see; labels include information about added sugars and the daily nutrient values and serving sizes have been updated.

Here’s a before and after comparison:

And here’s a picture of a new label, highlighting the differences.

Here’s an infographic about the serving size changes:

 

The Cleveland Clinic produced a great infographic that highlighted key features of the new label while it was still in the proposal stage.

 

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