The Skinny on the Nutrition and Supplements Facts Label: Fat Content Changes
The American diet has transformed dramatically over the years, and nutrition research has made substantial progress. If the Nutrition Facts Label is to continue to be an effective source of information to guide the dietary habits of consumers, then it must change to keep up.
Recent research indicates that the type of fat consumed is more important than the amount of fat consumed. Since getting your fat calories from mono- and polyunsaturated fats is significantly better (and drastically different) than from saturated or trans-fats, the entries for “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat,” and “Trans Fat” will remain on the labels. Meanwhile, “Calories from Fat” will be removed from the labels.
As with any change in policy, there are opposing opinions. While some public health experts don’t think the labels go far enough, there are signs that food and beverage groups will be resistant due to the time and money involved in making the updates.
But the process of changing the labels is in place. It pays to be proactive in staying up-to-date with all the proposed changes. If you need help updating your labels, give ConceptuaLine a call! We're here to help.