The first major change to the FDA food labels in 20 years, the amount of ADDED sugar in a product will be shown on labels by July 2018. With the new labeling, you will be able to tell the amount of added sugars - products used to make a product taste better - from natural occurring sugars and labels will also show the percentage of calories those added sugars make up based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
The American Heart Association recommends that women eat no more 24 grams of added sugar, while for men their recommended limit is 36 grams per day. The World Health Organization recommends trying to eat no more than five percent added sugars. That's still a huge amount of added sugar that your body has to metabolize.
2nd change to the labels, the "calories from fat" will be deleted as up-to-date research shows it is more important to eat healthy fat than to restrict fat as a nutrient.
3rd change, the serving sizes will be more realistic to reflect the amount of food Americans eat. Example, ice cream will change to 2/3 cup instead of the 1/2 cup serving now shown. As package size affects how much you would consume in one serving, packaged drinks of 12 and 20 ounce bottles will both reflect one serving as that is what American's typically drink at once.
4th change, the vitamins we need, such as Vitamin D and potassium, will be added to the labels and vitamins we are not deficient in such as Vitamin A and C will no longer be required on labels.
While this is a great start with aligning information with how Americans eat, a "clean diet" doesn't come with food labels.
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