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News From the Food and Drug Administration
July 5, 2016

Food Label Facelift

JAMA. 2016;316(1):24. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.8069

The iconic Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods is getting a makeover to reflect more than 20 years of updated research on the link between diet and chronic conditions such as obesity and heart disease (http://1.usa.gov/1ODAIin).

In a nod to the federal government’s 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that cautioned against excessive sugar intake, the updated label will include the number of grams and the daily value percentage for added sugars. Research has shown that getting enough fiber and essential nutrients while staying within calorie limits is difficult if more than 10% of a person’s total daily calories come from added sugars. Most US residents get about 13% of their total calories from added sugars, FDA officials noted.

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