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A Dietitian Decodes the New Nutrition Label | You Versus Food | Well+Good


(upbeat music) – Hey, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. I’m a registered
dietician in New York City and it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why. Nutrition labels are like
the fine print of food, the terms and conditions
that you don’t read and really should. But who cares? What is a nutrition label and
why should we pay attention? And who has the authority
to tell me how much popcorn or ice cream I should be eating anyway? On this episode of You Versus Food, I’m going to be your trustee tour guide as we explore all the elements of the new and improved nutrition label. (upbeat music) The nutrition label is an insight into the nutritional content
of the food or beverage that you are about to consume. The label is required by the Food and Drug
Administration or FDA. To share further information
about the amount of sugar, sodium, fiber, fat,
carbohydrates, calories, proteins, cholesterol, vitamins and
minerals in a packaged good. Few talk about multitasking. Nutrition labels recently
had a very necessary makeover to help the public better
decode and understand them. So be on the lookout for the updated look which must roll out on the products from large companies by January, 2020. (upbeat music) It’s important to know how to read the entire nutrition label
so you can feel informed and make the best and healthiest
decision for yourself. Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the terms to be aware of when reading the label. One, serving size. The serving size is the first thing that I recommend you look at because it tells you how many servings are in the package. The nutrient values that follow are based off of this portion. On the new labels the serving
size is now on a bold, large and clearly-marked
font to optimize attention. The new labels have also
changed the quantities to be more realistic. These serving sizes are meant to reflect how much people typically
eat in one serving versus what they should be eating. Psst, the old ones were created according to the FDA guidelines
that were set in 1993. So yes, how people eat and
drink has drastically changed in the 27 years since the
original label was created. I mean, come on, times have
changed since Jurassic Park and Nirvana rolled that in a bag of chips. Knowing how many servings are in a product is important because that determines how much of each nutrient you are eating. Packaging also affect size. When you buy both a 12
ounce and a 20 ounce bottle, the serving sizes will
both equal one serving. Because most people typically finish an entire bottle in one sitting. As a result, the same product can have different nutrition label
stats, so read the label. Oh, and it’s worth mentioning
that the serving size of ice cream has increased
from a half a cup to two thirds of a cup. Because you know, let’s be
realistic about how much we are actually serving ourselves. Some labels may also have dual columns that contain more than one serving. This accounts for one
peckish turns ravenous and you end up eating an
entire box of cheeses. One column will provide the calorie and nutrition information for one serving and the other column will
provide the nutritional values for the whole package. The more the merrier, right? Two, vitamins and minerals. Vitamin A and vitamin C are so out while vitamin D and
potassium are officially in. Because vitamin A and C deficiencies are quite rare these days, vitamin D and potassium
have taken their place in the new label spotlight. That’s because Americans tend
to be low on these nutrients, so they are now clearly
marked and called out. This is a label win. Three, saturated fat. No matter what we can all
agree that saturated fat is a component to be on the lookout for. That’s because we want to
consume as little of it as possible due to its
association with heart disease. The goal is to focus on the good fats like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, and to consume less than 20
grams of saturated fat per day. Four, sugar. In the past, this category has
been unclear and misleading, but because the average American diet is laden with sugar from
processed and packaged foods, it’s super important to be
on the lookout for them. Now it will be mandatory
to call out added sugars due to their link to diabetes, obesity, and other chronic and
inflammatory diseases. Added sugars coming
from all kinds of sugar like white, brown, coconut, raw, honey, corn syrup or fruit concentrate are now mandated to be
called out on the label so customers are aware of
what’s been added to their food. The hope is that the new
label can help people reduce their added sugar intake to help control the growing diabetes and obesity epidemic. Remember, these are the types of sugars that are added during the
processing of the food, so don’t expect to find any
added sugar in bananas, peas, beans, or even yogurt because
those are naturally occurring. (upbeat music) With a refresh design that is easier to read and understand, the hope is that this nutritional
label is here to stay. The updates that the FDA made to the label are truly for the betterment of the health and well-being of the public. So, I’m pretty pumped about that. Remember, don’t make
yourself crazy overreading these nutrition labels because everyone needs a different amount of nutrients every day, to help them feel their best. In the meantime, let’s hope
you can now easily read those labels to make informed
and empowered food decisions that are best aligned with
your personal health goals. Thanks for watching this
episode of You Versus Food. Well more tips and tricks
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4 thoughts on “A Dietitian Decodes the New Nutrition Label | You Versus Food | Well+Good

  1. I don’t think you have the right to say Saturated fat is bad for you. That’s disingenuous to the general public. Some benefit from saturated fat, some people do not. I believe there should be a follow up video on this..

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