The nutrition facts label will be going through some big changes over the next 2 years. In May of 2016, the FDA published the list of changes, which are intended to help consumers make more informed purchases1.
The addition of vitamin D to the nutrition facts label is a big and important change. Vitamin D will be added to the list of required nutrients in every product that has a nutrition facts label, along with the addition of potassium. Vitamin A and C will be removed, and calcium and iron will remain on the list. The daily value (% DV) will be added for vitamin D based on a 2000 calorie diet. This is intended to help consumers understand how much vitamin D they are consuming in their total daily diet.
Vitamin A and C were originally added to the label because Americans were deficient of these two vitamins. However, these deficiencies are very rare so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not requiring these vitamins on the label anymore. The new focus will be on added sugar and also vitamin D.
The other changes include: larger and bold type for the servings (including a more standardized portion size), larger font size for the number of calories, updated daily values, and the inclusion of added sugars along with natural sugars with the percentage daily amount.
Vitamin D is a paramount nutrient for many health reasons, which have been demonstrated in multiple research studies. The benefits of consuming vitamin D include healthy and strong bones and teeth.
Research also shows that the US population is experiencing a prevalent deficiency in vitamin D, which can lead to problems with weak bones and oral health. It’s great that consumers will now be more equipped to recognize how much vitamin D they are consuming, based on a total daily percentage and also a specific volume (in the case of vitamin D, the nutrition facts table will provide the amount in micrograms).
To learn more about how to get vitamin D from food sources check out this post. Remember, you can also obtain vitamin D from sunshine! You can also easily increase your intake of vitamin D with Ddrops – click here to learn more!
Diana Beirnes is a Ddrops Guest Blogger. She is a nutritionist, cyclist, and Raw Food Chef who loves to experiment in the kitchen. She is passionate about sharing a healthy lifestyle with others and is drawn to coaching friends and family about the importance of food and supplements. Diana believes in a holistic life and practices this by eating vegan, using all natural products, and using recycled products whenever she can.
1 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2016). Changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm