New nutrition labels for all the food we purchase will be in
place by July, 2018. The previous labeling laws have been in effect for more
than 20 years, and it’s time for a change. The new labels will be easier to
read and will make figuring out calories, serving size and fiber and sugar
content a lot easier.
Vitamins C and A will no longer be listed on the label
because Americans are getting enough of these in their diets. But vitamin D and
potassium are critical elements of which we are not getting enough, so they
will now be shown. Iron and calcium will
remain on the labels.
There will also now be a section labeled Added Sugars. This might
seem confusing, but it means sugars were added during processing. For example,
applesauce contains plenty of natural sugar because of the sugar already found
in apples. Still, some brands may add more sugar on top of that. On the new
label, you will be able to tell what occurs naturally and what has been added.