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The Nutrition Facts label is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on most packaged foods and beverages. The Nutrition Facts label provides detailed information about a food's nutrient content, such as the amount of fat, sugar, sodium and fiber it has.
In 2016 the FDA announced changes to the label aimed at helping consumers make more informed choices. Manufacturers will need to use the new label by January 2020. The changes include:
In addition, daily values for nutrients such as sodium, dietary fiber and vitamin D are being updated based on the research that was used to develop the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Knowing how to read food labels is especially important if you have health conditions, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and need to follow a special diet. It also makes it easier to compare similar foods to see which is healthier.
The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you can become in using them as a tool to plan your healthy, balanced diet.
To help you decode the new label, each section is explained in the example.
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