First Lady Michelle Obama revealed the administration’s changes to nutrition labels today. The overhaul makes calories more prominent, draws attention to added sugars, and makes realistic tweaks to portion sizes. What do you think?
This is definitely a step in the right direction. The more realistic portion sizes (switching ice cream from 1/2 cup to 1 cup, calling a 20-ounce soda 1 serving, etc.) will make the numbers on the label more applicable to how people are actually consuming the product.
The added sugars line is also helpful, making it easier for people distinguish between sugar found naturally in foods and refined sugar added by manufacturers. “I’ve been hoping for years that the FDA would list added sugars,” Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, tells NPR.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the organization behind Food Day, gives the FDA high marks on the redesign, but says there’s still room for improvement. CSPI recommends further lowering the Daily Value for sodium to 1,500 mg and adding a Daily Value for added sugars.
“Unless you had a thesaurus, a calculator, a microscope, or a degree in nutrition—you were out of luck,” said Michelle Obama in today’s press conference. “For the 1st time since the nutrition label was developed…we’re overhauling these labels to make them easier to read & understand.”