New FDA Labeling


Have you seen the new FDA food and supplement labeling changes? It is in your best interest to review them and remain an informed consumer regarding labels on food products and supplement bottles. These new nutrition facts on labels tell you what nutrients and vitamins you are putting in your body with each serving.

“On May 27, 2016, the FDA published final rules on the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The new label makes it easier for consumers to make better informed food choices.”

Most of these new final rules took effect January 1, 2020.

For example, the required new labeling changes the units and recommendations on Vitamin A, D, E, and Folate. Metabolic Management (a midwest distributor of Biotics Research supplements) created a series of charts and explanations outlining in simple terms what the FDA changes mean. They divide the new FDA Labeling rules into 4 different categories and chart them in an easy to read manner. The charts and explanations can be downloaded or printed for reference:

The four categories they use are:

  • Daily Values, 2 pages
    One of the new “daily values” is “added sugars”. Something we all have needed for a long time.
  • Unit Changes
    See on this chart what the new REA means to Vitamin A, plus there are 3 other unit changes. I recommend that pregnant women focus on the changes in Folate units.
  • Nutrition Facts Label
    This chart is very beneficial showing exactly how the label will look on food products.
  • Supplement Facts Label
    This chart just has a few label changes. However, the most commonly used supplement is Vitamin D. Vitamin D was measured in “International units” and now it is measured in mcg’s (micrograms). For example Vitamin D 5000 IU’s now will read Vitamin D 125 mcg.

I would be glad to clarify any of the information at your next office visit. Please contact me with questions.

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