Nutrition Facts Label: Proposed Changes Aim to Better Inform Food Choices

by Rachel Baker on March 4, 2014

There has been a great deal in the news about the new changes in food labels.  Anyone with chronic dietary challenges which require a serious look at all food labels, should embrace the changes being proposed by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

Below is a summary from and link to the FDA’s site about these changes.

the primary goal of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label is not to tell people what they should be eating, but to expand and highlight the information they most need when making food choices. “It’s all about providing information that people can use to make their own choices.” Kavanaugh says.

For people with certain health issues, the information can be particularly valuable. “Although the label is made for the general population, many of us are at risk for cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure and stroke or simply want to eat fewer calories,” Kavanaugh says.

– If you are concerned about high blood pressure and strokes, you may want to pay attention to sodium and potassium amounts on food labels.

– For cardiovascular health, seek foods lower in saturated fats, cholesterol, trans fats and sodium.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm387114.htm

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