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Considering Reading Nutrition Facts’ Panels?

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10 Things to Keep in Mind When Reading the New Nutrition Facts’ Panel:

  1. Calories count! Forty percent of American adults are obese which places them at risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes.
  2. Keep an eye on the portion! Pull out those measuring spoons, cups and food scales to see how you rate compared to the recommended serving sizes.
  3. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends consuming less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugars. On a 2000 calorie/day diet that is 200 calories. This translates to 50 grams of sugar, the equivalent of 12.5 teaspoons of added sugar.
  4. An “added sugar” is a sugar type that does not occur naturally within the product and/or has been added to sweeten the packaged food item. Added sugars can include but aren’t limited to syrups, types of actual sugars as well as honey and even fruit juices.  
  5. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend the following targets for healthy adults:
    • Total fat: 20% to 35% of daily calories
    • Saturated fat: 10% or less of daily calories

    Based on the Daily Values of 2000 calories/day, the recommended total fat intake should range between 44 – 77 grams/day. Saturated fat should be limited to 22 grams/day or less.

  6. In 2015, FDA released its final determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils (AKA trans fats) are not Generally Recognized as Safe. Most of the trans fats in our diets came from partially hydrogenated oils found in processed foods.  Trans fats have been disappearing from our food supply>, with the final compliance date of January 1, 2020. There are some exceptions that have a January 1,2012 deadline. 
  7. Some trans fat occurs naturally in food products from ruminant animals (e.g., milk, butter, cheese, meat products, etc.). 
  8. The % Daily Value (DV) helps you understand the nutrition information in the context of a daily diet. The % DV are for the entire day, not just one meal or snack.
  9. The Daily Value for sodium decreased from 2,400 milligrams per day to 2300 milligrams per day.  For a food package to bear a low sodium claim, the total sodium percentage per serving must be 5% or less of the recommended DV of 2300 mg.
  10. The daily value of dietary fiber daily value was increased from 25 gram/day to 28 grams/day.  Dietary fiber includes both naturally occurring fiber found in foods such as vegetables, whole grains and fruits and isolated or synthetic non-digestible carbohydrates that meet the FDA definition of “dietary fiber”.  Examples of isolated or synthetic fibers include Beta-glucan, psyllium husk, cellulose, guar gum and pectin.

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