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Nutrition Label Changes in America

Better Nutrition Labels Mean Better Health

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced new proposed recommendations for the Nutritional Fact labels which will be rolled out over the next five to seven years. As advocates of healthy lifestyles, Juice Plus+ is excited about the recent changes to revamp the nutritional labels for the better.

Within the next 90 days, the FDA will be releasing two versions of new nutrition labels for over 700,000 foods sold in America to take comments on the proposal. This would be the first change to America’s nutrition labels since the early 1990s. These changes were proposed by the Obama administration during the fourth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, which promotes physical exercise and a balanced nutritional diet to help reduce America’s high obesity rate. At the anniversary of her campaign, Michelle Obama talked about how current nutrition labels, specifically serving sizes and declared sugar amounts, can be misleading to consumers. One of the biggest proposed changes includes how the serving sizes are calculated. Changing to more accurate serving sizes, adjusted to be more realistic representations of the amount of food a person would typically consume, may defer people from certain unhealthy choices. A more realistic serving size will also increase calorie count and fat per serving. A second big change includes emphasizing the “added sugars”. Currently, just looking at the nutrition label, you can’t decipher how many grams of the declared sugar content are naturally occurring and how many are added. According to the American Heart Association, the maximum recommended amount of sugar a woman should consume is 6 teaspoons, for a man it’s 9. However, the average person consumes a whopping 23 teaspoons a day due to added sugars in the food they eat. Will the way sugar and serving sizes are declared on the new nutrition labels make a difference in how consumers should their food? We certainly hope so. But the only way this will work is if consumers pay attention to the new nutrition labels. Would these changes affect the way you eat?

You may not know this, but Juice Plus+ actually has a nutrition label, as opposed to a supplement label. This is because Juice Plus+ is, in essence, a food product. The nutrition label on Juice Plus+ treats it as such, because Juice Plus+ is made of a variety of 25 fruits, vegetables, and grains. Click here to learn more about whole food based nutrition and the value that Juice Plus+ brings to healthy lifestyles.

We commend Michelle Obama on her determined efforts to reduce obesity in America and promote healthy lifestyles for all. Juice Plus+ is eagerly looking forward to new nutrition labels that will hopefully discourage unhealthy diets and encourage whole food based nutrition.

Sources:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/health/new-fda-nutrition-labels-would-make-serving-sizes-reflect-actual-servings.html?_r=0
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/02/27/nutrition-labels-fda-obama/5841747/
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyEating/Sugar-101_UCM_306024_Article.jsp#4_need_to_reduce_added_sugars

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