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What revamp of nutrition labels could mean for consumers

What revamp of nutrition labels could mean for consumers

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It's on practically everything you eat and it's about to change.

Our nation's food nutrition labels are getting real.

They're getting a makeover that's designed to reflect what we really eat.

The Food and Drug Administration is updating food labels for the first time in more than two decades.

"It's going to have large print so that people are able to read it, identify the key parts of the nutrition facts label much more quickly," said Lehigh Valley Health Network dietician Nancy Moore.

Moore says the changes will help people zero in on calorie count because it will be the largest number on the label.

Shoppers at the Target on Cedar Crest in Allentown said they welcome the changes, among them, the elimination of calories from fat, a listing for added sugar and a lower daily value for sodium.

The label will also include how much potassium and vitamin D the food contains, of which nutritionists say most Americans don't get enough.

The FDA is also changing serving sizes, based on the way we eat.

Under the new guidelines, for example, ice cream would no longer be three servings, but one, and of course the calorie count would go up.

The serving size would also impact things like the 12 ounce plastic bottle of Coke with a label that currently lists an eight ounce serving.

The FDA is now taking comments on its proposed label.

Once it's approved, manufacturers will have two years to put it on their food products.

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