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By: Kim Dillon, Registered Dietician
One of the most popular goals at the start of each new year is to eat healthier. This year, for the first time in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has implemented new regulations for nutrition labels that may make it easier to accomplish this goal.
The purpose of a nutrition label is to let you know how many calories you’re about to eat, but it also lists the amount of fat, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, cholesterol and some nutrients. However, over recent years, research has supported a deeper understanding of nutrition and the new label reflects that knowledge.
Here are three ways the new label can help you choose healthier options:
You’ve likely already noticed the new labels on many foods in the grocery store since manufacturers who sell more than $10 million in products annually had to make the switch by January 1st. Manufactures who sell less than this amount must comply by January 1, 2021.
Remember, fresh fruits and vegetables aren’t required to carry the label, only packaged foods and beverages are, so some of your healthiest food choices remain label-free and nutrition rich. If eating healthier is your goal this year, use the improved food label to help you make a few simple changes.
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