Getting Healthier with ‘Nutrition Facts’ Labels

Posted by Daniel Sass on

Labels, labels and more labels.  How can we use labels to get in shape and — perhaps more challengingly — stay in shape?  Well, it looks like there has been a bit of a delay in nutritional facts labeling requirements from government bodies.  It was meant to go into affect next year (July 26 to be exact) with all packaging being adjusted to new label requirements.  But now that has been pushed off to January 1, 2020 (for manufacturers with $10m+ in sales) and January 1, 2021 (for manufacturers with lower than that).

How do nutrition facts labels help us?  According to a statement released by the FDA, with these new labels “consumers [are given] the facts they need to make informed decisions about their diet and the foods they feed their families.”  Making changes to the nutrition panel really takes away any excuse we may have used before saying “well it’s just too hard to figure out the nutritional value of what we are purchasing.” When these nutrition labels (finally) are used, it will become so much easier for us.  In fact, even our children will be able to go to the store and purchase something healthy with just a little bit of guidance.

Imagine saying to your child in the future, “yes, you can go to the store.  But make sure what you purchase has under 5 grams of sugar and no more than 3 grams of fat,” for example.  Or, “go find something yummy that has a high number of fiber in it.”  This is a great way to educate our children in making healthy food choices.  

It’s definitely a shame that the date has been pushed off but we at Infinity Labels look forward to the day when food items are labeled correctly and in a helpful manner to increase nutritional awareness.

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