Nutrition labels getting a makeover

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

More Americans are taking time to understand nutrition labels.

Food nutrition labels have pretty much gone unchanged for 21 years. However, since the public is becoming more cautious about what they consume, the Food and Drug Administration is planning to give food labels a makeover.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest provided a kind of wish list for what the new and improved nutrition facts should have. Their list included an increased focus on calorie count, whole grain, and sugar content. Additionally, the center wants food labels to decrease how much math a person has to do when examining food labels, perhaps by highlighting the most important numbers.

Besides the information on nutrition facts, the center also wants the ingredients list larger and with better spacing. “It’s time to update (labels) to make (them) easier for consumers to use,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This is especially important because more Americans are taking time to read these labels. According to the US Department of Agriculture, about 42% of working adults between the ages of 29-68 read nutrition facts while they’re shopping. Though the FDA is making these revisions a priority this year, it’s unclear when exactly the change will happen.

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