The FDA Thursday proposed a major design change for the familiar rectangular box on food containers that offered calories and other nutritional information since 1993.
Calories will be more prominently displayed, along with the number of servings in each container. Some might be shocked to learn that the 11-ounce bag of chips, or pint of ice cream, wasn't intended to be a single serving.
For the first time, "Added Sugars" would be included on the label. On average, Americans eat 16 percent of their daily calories from sugars added during food production.
And the calories from fat would no longer be listed. It's more important, the FDA concluded to list the total amount of fat, along with the amount that is saturated, and trans fat -- the harmful forms of fat.
"Obesity, heart disease and other chronic diseases are leading public health problems," says Michael Landa, director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "The proposed new label is intended to bring attention to calories and serving sizes, which are important in addressing these problems."
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