More on the New Nutrition Facts Label

Food manufacturers  “must declare the actual amount in addition to percent Daily Value of Vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium”.  The footnote was changed to more completely explain the meaning of Daily Value.  “The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet with 2000 calories a day used for general nutrition advice”

It was noted that by law, serving sizes are required to be based on the amounts that people actually eat, not  on what they should eat.  For example, previously a serving of ice cream was given as 1/2 cup, but this has now been changed to 2/3 cup.  And the serving of soda was changed from 8 oz to 12 oz.  So the new labels are more realistic with respect to what people actually eat.

 

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