By Kristen Sullivan, MPH, MS, Director, Nutrition and Physical Activity, American Cancer Society
When Michelle Obama announced new changes to the Nutrition Facts label to a room full of health and nutrition advocates last Friday, she received a standing ovation. I had the privilege of being in the room, representing the American Cancer Society.
The first lady told the audience that, for the first time since its inception in the early 1990s, the Nutrition Facts label – that black and white chart on packaged foods that lists the amount of calories and other nutrients – is getting a much-needed overhaul.
Some of the changes to the label, she went on the say, would include:
- making the calorie text bigger and bolder so it is easier to see,
- using a serving size that better reflects the amount that people are likely to eat,
- and importantly, listing the amount of added sugars in the product – a change that health and nutrition advocates, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, have been wanting for years.
The new label is a huge win for consumers who are trying to make better choices at the grocery store. Given that about 55% of consumers say they often use the Nutrition Facts label to help guide their food choices, the changes to the label have the potential to make a big impact on the foods people buy.… Continue reading →