Portion sizes have been forever controversial in the century that we live in. The controversy is, that the abnormal has transformed into the normal of today’s world! Americans are consuming much larger than the recommended portion size, and the foods that are provided in today’s world are embodying this change.
Compared to the portion sizes 20 years ago, portions today are at times double the size! A bagel 20 years ago was about 3-inches at 140 calories; today we are served a whopping 6-inch bagel at 350 calories. Today’s bagel has 210 more calories.
Pepperoni Pizza 20 Years Ago, at 2 slices per serving was a total of 500 calories. Today, 2 slices of a large pepperoni pizza now comes to a sum of 850 calories. Today’s pizza has 350 more calories.
Americans are eating more than ever, and more has become the norm. Therefore, in order to keep up with the times, the Nutrition Facts Label transformed as a result of this peer pressure, and now exemplifies a realistic portion size.
On May 20, 2016, the FDA finalized the new nutrition facts label to serve as an easier to read tool to attain a healthy lifestyle. Here are the changes you will notice:
The label is more user friendly. The label will ultimately look the same, but the print of the label will not. The type size for “Calories”, “servings per container” and “serving size” will be increased, the number of calories and “serving size” will be bolded in order to help consumers pay attention to what they must note. It will be required that manufacturers must declare the actual amount, in addition to percent Daily Value of Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium.
The footnote regarding percent Daily Value will read: “The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.” This will hopefully clarify what this percentage represents so the consumer can fit it to their calorie needs.
Reflects Updated Information about Nutrition Science.
“Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar, and this is consistent with the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” The label is now geared towards helping you succeed at a healthy lifestyle!
“Calories from Fat” is being removed because research shows the type of fat is more important than the amount.” Therefore, the American Heart Association still recommends decreasing our saturated fat intake in order to aid in our heart health.
REALISTIC SERVING SIZES:
By law, serving sizes must be based on amounts of foods and beverages that people are actually eating, not what they should be eating. How much people are eating is changing, so the changes reflect that.
When will we start to see this label change?
July 26, 2018.
This may vary based on the manufacturer’s income. However, you now know what to expect. Pass the word along and share the latest nutrition news update!
Michele Wroblewski, RDN
Caruso Physical Therapy and Nutrition, LLC
1278 Yardville Allentown Rd. Suite 3
Allentown, NJ 08501