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The New and Improved Nutrition Facts

Label – Key Changes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods that will make it easier for you to make informed food choices that
support a healthy diet. The updated label has a fresh new design and reflects current scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases.

1. Servings
Current Label New Label data shows that it is difficult to meet
nutrient needs while staying within
The number of “servings per
calorie limits if you consume more
Nutrition Facts
container” and the “Serving Size”
declaration have increased and are
now in larger and/or bolder type. Serving Size 2/3 cup (55g)
Nutrition Facts than 10 percent of your total daily
calories from added sugar.
Serving sizes have been updated to Servings Per Container About 8 1 8 servings per container
Serving size 2/3 cup (55g) 5. Nutrients
reflect what people actually eat and Amount Per Serving
drink today. For example, the serving The lists of nutrients that are
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 72 2 Amount per serving
size for ice cream was previously
1/2 cup and now is 2/3 cup.
Total Fat 8g
% Daily Value*
12 %
Calories 230 required or permitted on the label
have been updated. Vitamin D and
% Daily Value*
potassium are now required on
There are also new requirements Saturated Fat 1g 5% the label because Americans do
for certain size packages, such as Trans Fat 0g 3 Total Fat 8g 10%
not always get the recommended
those that are between one and two Cholesterol 0mg 0% Saturated Fat 1g 5%
amounts. Vitamins A and C are no
servings or are larger than a single Sodium 160mg Trans Fat 0g longer required since deficiencies
serving but could be consumed in Cholesterol 0mg 0% of these vitamins are rare today.
Total Carbohydrate 37g 12 %
one or multiple sittings. The actual amount (in milligrams or
Dietary Fiber 4g 16 % Sodium 160mg 7%
Sugars 1g Total Carbohydrate 37g micrograms) in addition to the %DV
2. Calories 13%
Protein 3g must be listed for vitamin D, calcium,
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
“Calories” is now larger and bolder. iron, and potassium.
Total Sugars 12g
Vitamin A 10%
3. Fats Vitamin C 8%
4 Includes 10g Added Sugars 20% The daily values for nutrients have
Protein 3g also been updated based on newer
Calcium 20%
“Calories from Fat” has been scientific evidence. The daily values
Iron 45% 5
removed because research shows Vitamin D 2mcg 10% are reference amounts of nutrients
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
the type of fat consumed is more Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on Calcium 260mg 20% to consume or not to exceed and are
important than the amount. your calorie needs.
Calories: 2,000 2,500 Iron 8mg 45% used to calculate the %DV.
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
Potassium 235mg 6%
4. Added Sugars Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g 6. Footnote
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg 6 * The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in
“Added Sugars” in grams and as Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories The footnote at the bottom of the
Dietary Fiber 25g 30g a day is used for general nutrition advice.
a percent Daily Value (%DV) is label has changed to better explain
now required on the label. “Added the meaning of %DV. The %DV
Sugars” include sugars that have helps you understand the nutrition
been added during the processing Manufacturers will need to use the new label by July 26, 2018, and small information in the context of a total
or packaging of a food. Scientific businesses will have an additional year to comply. During this transition time, daily diet.
you will see the current Nutrition Facts label or the new label on products.

For more information about the new Nutrition Facts label, visit: March 2017