February 27th, 2014
12:15 AM ET
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Choosing healthier foods at the grocery store may soon be a little easier.

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing several changes to the nutrition labels you see on packaged foods and beverages. If approved, the new labels would place a bigger emphasis on total calories, added sugars and certain nutrients, such as Vitamin D and potassium.

The FDA is also proposing changes to serving size requirements in an effort to more accurately reflect what people usually eat or drink. For example, if you buy a 20-ounce soda, you're probably not going to stop drinking at the 8-ounce mark. The new rules would require that entire soda bottle to be one serving size - making calorie counting simpler.

This is the first overhaul for nutrition labels since the FDA began requiring them more than 20 years ago. There has been a shift in shoppers' priorities as nutrition is better understood and people learn what they should watch for on a label, administration officials said.

"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," first lady Michelle Obama said in a press release. "So this is a big deal, and it's going to make a big difference for families all across this country."

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  1. kjacuna

    Reblogged this on free2changeblog.

    February 28, 2014 at 2:34 am |
  2. jjspirko

    Why the F is this news!

    February 27, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
    • Little Timmie

      Did you know about it before you read the article? Then it's news.

      February 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm |
      • jjspirko

        You sir are an indictment of the public education system.

        February 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm |
        • Thinking things through

          Actually, I have to agree with Timmie, and I didn't go through the public education system. Don't assume he did, either.

          It is news, but it may or may not (depending on perspectives) be important news.

          February 27, 2014 at 6:18 pm |
  3. Thinking things through

    I am all for tracking vitamin D3 and potassium intake.

    I do wonder about the proposal to track a 20 ounce serving of soda as one serving, in the sense that I wonder what they will count as a single serving on a super 3 liter bottle of soda?

    February 27, 2014 at 7:49 am |
    • sally

      I like the idea that if a beverage container is clearly meant to be held in the hand for individual consumption, then nutrition info should be listed as a single serving for that container. Otherwise 8 oz will probably remain the standard. I hope they do the same for things like singular frozen entrees (who spits a single pot pie in half?) and small containers of ice cream as well.

      February 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm |
      • Thinking things through

        This would work for me, Sally.

        February 27, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
        • sally


          February 28, 2014 at 5:24 pm |
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