Proposed Changes in Food Nutrition Labels

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital May 22, 2014

For the first time in 20 years, the Food and Drug Administration is formally proposing changes to nutrition labels on food packages.

For the first time in 20 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is formally proposing changes to nutrition labels on food packages. This should help us all make more informed and, hopefully, better nutrition decisions – ultimately having a positive impact on weight management and other aspects of our health. Notable among these proposed changes are:

  • Bigger and Bolder Labels that Emphasize Calories and Serving Size

There will be an emphasis on ensuring that listed portion sizes reflect what is actually being consumed, rather than the amount that should be consumed. For instance, a 20-ounce bottle of soda or juice, typically finished in a single sitting, would be labeled as one serving, rather than the 2.5 servings typically listed now. In general, servings per container of any packaged item also will be highlighted on the label.

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Calorie Count – Coming Soon to Vending Machines

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital February 26, 2014

Calorie information soon will be posted outside vending machines.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, you soon will be seeing calorie information posted outside vending machines. The new law, expected to take effect later this year, applies to companies that own 20 or more vending machines and is expected to affect more than five million machines nationwide.

Hopefully, having such information readily available will help people make better decisions about their vending machine purchases. Currently, customers typically only get to see this information after purchasing an item.

Details regarding sodium, saturated fat, and sugar, however, will not need to be posted. Unfortunately, the majority of products in vending machines are often laden with these potentially unhealthy ingredients. Perhaps a better solution would be to entirely forgo vending machines and use other strategies to feed yourself during the day. These include:

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