Changes coming to nutrition labels

New nutrition label coming.
New nutrition label coming.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – After nearly 20 years, the nutrition label is about to get a redesign. The new design aims to cut down on the obesity rate.

Serving sizes and calories will be simpler to read and understand, while Sugar will split into natural and added sugars.

Gone will be the calories of fat and vitamins A and C, which will be replaced by Potassium and Vitamin D.

Nutrients that Franciscan St. Elizabeth dietitian Ellen Welch said most people have no idea how much they are consuming.

“I work at a hospital, where we have a dialysis unit, so I am dealing with people all of the time, who not only are they low in potassium, but some might be too high in potassium. They have to know to limit it. Without that food label, it’s really hard,” said Welch.

The label change won’t happen immediately. The FDA will look for feedback from the public before finalizing the label.

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