There’s a new nutrition facts label coming to a food package near you. It’s the first time in 20 years that the iconic label is getting multiple updates. The biggest change is that the calories are bigger and bolder. That’s supposed to keep your snacking under control*. And there are more changes and label features you’re going to like. Read on to get the scoop on the updated nutrition facts:
- More realistic serving sizes: By law, serving sizes need to be based on the amount that people actually eat, not what they should be eating. Chances are, you don’t split that 20-ounce bottle of soda with two and a half of your gal pals. Now the label will reflect that.
- Daily values for fiber, sodium and vitamin D are more accurate: Nutrition brainiacs are always learning. Their latest research indicates that we need more vitamin D and fiber – most American get just half the recommended fiber amount – and we need less sodium. The percent daily values (% DV) will change to reflect these discoveries. Adult men and women should be getting 25 to 38 grams of fiber a day. This is an increase from earlier recommendations.
- But, the fiber type may be a mystery: The dietary fiber listed on the nutrition chart may be soluble or insoluble fiber. So that high-fiber cracker or cereal may not contain any soluble fiber, the type that experts say keeps your gut healthy. The soluble fiber amount is only listed if the product is making a health claim. Our suggestion: Use Regular Girl to supplement your soluble fiber intake. Just sprinkle it on your yogurt or add it to your water bottle for a low-calorie fiber boost.
- Added sugar is now listed: It can be a challenge to eat healthy when food manufacturers add extra sugar to their products. Plus sugar can go by so many aliases! The new labels require manufacturers to disclose how much sugar they’ve added. This may help you cut back. FYI: The Dietary Guidelines recommend getting no more than 10 percent of your daily calories from added sugar. Bummer, we know.
Label changes are already underway, but manufacturers have until summer 2018 to make the switch. You can start improving your health today, however, by including Regular Girl in your daily routine. This no-sugar-added, soluble fiber and probiotic blend provides you with more of the fiber you need to live a healthy, balanced life.
* Don’t forget, Regular Girl’s soluble fiber also helps you feel fuller longer. So if you’re still famished after lunch, adding a packet of Regular Girl to your after-lunch water will help satisfy you.