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Tell the FDA It's Time for Updates To Nutrition Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed updates to the 'Nutrition Facts' labels we see on food products and wants to know what the public thinks.  Will you join our chorus of heart-smart consumers telling the FDA we support changes that make it easier to compare products and make healthier choices?  The agency is now accepting public comments- and we’ve made it easy for you to add your voice!  Just fill in your info below to send a quick letter to FDA Commissioner Hamburg.   

The FDA’s proposes that food labels be revised to:
  • Emphasize the number of calories a food or beverage contains.  The larger, bolder font should draw attention to the calorie content and encourage consumers to consider this information when selecting a product or deciding how much to eat. 
  • Require food manufacturers to list the amount of added sugars.  Added sugars are a significant source of excess calories and generally have no or little nutritional value. 

Additionally, the American Heart Association is encouraging the FDA to address some oversights in its proposal:

  • The Daily Value for sodium was only reduced by 100mg (from 2,400 mg to 2,300 mg), which is simply not enough.  Eating too much sodium has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.  The FDA should lower the Daily Value to 1,500mg per day to encourage food manufacturers to lower the sodium content of their foods and to help Americans decrease the amount of sodium they eat.
  • The FDA should launch a consumer education campaign to help people understand the changes that will occur and make the best use of the Nutrition Facts label.

 



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