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HHS HealthBeat (March 3, 2014)

Reading what you eat

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

How many calories are in that stuff? Nutrition Facts labels on processed foods and beverages can tell you. But right now, the calories listed may be for one serving while the package may have more than one serving. When people eat the whole package, they may get more calories than they thought.

So the Food and Drug Administration plans to make the information easier to figure out – for instance, by having the label list the total calories in the package.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg:

"The proposed label would update serving sizes for some foods to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label, such as calories."

Other changes would highlight added sugar and some nutrients.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: March 3, 2014