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FDA Will Update Nutrition Labels

Strawberry jam lists sugar and high fructose corn syrup as its top ingredients.

For the first time in two decades, nutrition labels on food will be updated to reflect changes in nutrition science.

The Food and Drug Administration rolled out the modern nutrition label in 1993. Twenty years ago, nutritionists were more concerned with fat. Now, with more health focus on carbohydrates, food labels will provide a comprehensive breakdown of sugar content and a more prominent display of calories.

Other changes include listing measurements in teaspoons as well as grams and explaining serving size.

Health advocates have also recommended including the percentages of whole wheat, added sugars and syrups, and labeling the front of the package instead of the back.

The FDA says while changes should start within a few months, it's not sure when the new labels will reach supermarkets.

Read More:

  • FDA Says Nutrition Facts Label Will Get A Makeover (AP)
  • NBC Nightly News (VIDEO)

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