Changes Coming to Nutrition Labels

By Kellie Bartoli

Published 02/27 2014 12:45PM

Updated 02/27 2014 06:19PM

For the first time in two decades, nutrition labels are getting a facelift.
The FDA says these changes will be easier to understand, and reflect a real portion size.
Say hello to new nutrition labels.
On Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled these new standards.

"Our guiding principle here is very simple, that you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and be able to tell whether it's good for your family," she said.

After twenty years of the typical label here's a big change - the calorie count will be much more prominent.

Overall, the change, which many have been pushing for for years, will take into account American's typical eating habits of today.
"The old label was based on what people were actually eating, but that was 50 years ago, so things have changed, portion sizes have gotten much larger," said Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University.

And supporters hope that'll make us aware of just how much we're putting into our bodies.

Here's an example - right now, a single serving of pop is considered just eight ounces.
In the future though, a 12- or even 20-ounce can will be the standard... so you'll know just how many calories you're drinking.

On the ice cream front, a serving will increase from half a cup to a, maybe more honest, full cup.
And for bagels and muffins, the new serving size now counts the whole thing.

The new rules will go into effect two years after they're finalized.
Some say they could prompt a backlash from food makers, worried about the cost of changing all those labels.

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