Well, it has been more than 20 years since the Nutrition Fact Panel first appeared on the food label so the time has come to update it based on the latest nutrition science. Since poor nutrition is associated with obesity, heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, and diabetes, the FDA has proposed a new nutrition panel that will make it easier for consumers to make healthier food choices at the supermarket.
The proposed new panel will replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat. For example, a serving of ice cream (and the corresponding calories) is currently listed on the panel as a ½ cup. This means that a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey is supposed to serve four people. Since you likely scooped out a full cup when you served ice cream, the new proposed Nutrition Fact Panel will now reflect this more realistic amount in your bowl.
In other words, when you guzzle a 20-ounce bottle of soda, the calories will reflect your entire consumption.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of the old and new Nutrition Fact Panels:
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