Meghan Tiernan (MS, RD, LDN) is a registered dietitian with a passion for helping others achieve a healthy lifestyle. She strives to help others learn the most nutritious way to eat, in order to achieve good health. Meghan enjoys cooking and running and believes that with just some basic knowledge, you can gain the confidence in yourself to know that you can eat well.

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by Meghan Tiernan, MS, RD, LDN

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There are exciting things happening in the nutrition world. It's just another nod to how very importantly what you eat relates to your health. The FDA has announced plans to make modifications and updates to the nutrition facts label. No changes have been made since it was first added to packaged foods twenty years ago.

Changes to the Nutrition LabelThe whole goal of the proposed changes is to make it easier to understand. The biggest changes will come in the form of increased focus of servings per container and calories per serving. Additionally, it will adjust serving sizes to ones that are relative to average portion sizes consumed today and will spotlight any added sugars - those sugars that aren't naturally occurring in foods. (For example, the amount of sugar added to yogurt... yogurt naturally contains sugar, but the proposed changes would let you know how much extra sugar is added for flavoring.)

As a dietitian, this is very exciting news. We refer to food labels all the time when we're educating people. Understanding what to look at and how to interpret it is often easier said than done. The nutrition label is the gateway to making good decisions when it comes to how nutritious a food is and how much you should consume. I love that they're going to be adjusting serving sizes as well as a focus on servings per container. Not only will this make education easier, it will allow consumers to make more educated decisions when choosing foods to purchase or consume.

While this is just in the initial phases of being implemented, it is a big victory for the field, and it's exciting to see what else is to come to help everyone be as healthy as they possibly can.

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