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Nutrition Facts Panel

Could noteworthy changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel (NFP) influence consumer behavior and obesity? Nutrition Fact Panel Recently the Food and Drug Administration has proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Panel after much deliberation, revisions, research, and discussions. These major proposed changes present key nutrition information in a more accessible and compelling way that could impact consumer behaviors. The changes to these areas of the NFP include: CALORIES: typed in a bigger font that is more prominent on the label. SERVING SIZE: more accurate representation to what the whole package contains. As a result, ? 'one serving may be larger with more calories and fat grams due to increasingly larger portion sizes. Foods that are packaged for possibly more than one person will be required to have two columns of nutrition label - one per serving and one per entire package label presented. PERCENT DAILY VALUE: will be moved to the upper left corner where it is more noticeable to consumers. The goal of this change is to take away the confusion from the grams and milligrams of each nutrient listed and make the daily percentages of each nutrient more prominent. ADDED SUGARS: to be listed separately so consumers can better understand how much sugar in the product is naturally occurring as in fruit versus the added sugars in many other products. The experts in the Public Health community are divided on their thoughts to these Nutrition Facts Panel changes, what do you think about the proposal? Do you feel that these changes could help us reduce the obesity epidemic by creating nutritional information more readily available and understandable to consumers?
Posted by vivadmin at 4/28/2014 9:05:00 PM
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