Updated: 02/27/2014 5:27 PM
Created: 02/27/2014 4:19 PM WHEC.com
By: Lia Lando
Do you read the nutrition labels on the food you buy? Soon it might be easier for you to make healthier choices. The FDA is proposing changes to those labels on packaged foods and drinks. They just want to make it easier for people to understand exactly how much fat, sugar and calories are in the food and drinks you buy.
The most noticeable change will be how a serving size is described. Right now, you might think you are eating low calorie and low fat foods, but are you paying close attention to what the label says is one serving?
The new labels would show the total calories and added sugars for the entire amount you’re buying.
News10NBC spoke to a childhood obesity expert from UR Medicine about one of the most popular items for kids.
Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H. said, “When you get the flavored milks, the flavoring is added sugar there. And that's one of those areas that becomes very difficult, because even when you lower the fat some of the flavored milks have as much, if not more calories, than whole milk. So you think you're doing the right thing as a parent, ‘I’m giving them low fat, this looks like a decent option,’ and the reality is it's a wash.”
The changes would also remove the calories from fat description you're used to seeing, focusing instead on total calories. Experts say this is because nutritionists now understand more about the type of fat you’re eating and how that matters more than calories from fat.
If these changes are approved, companies would have two years to adjust those labels.