David Sarwer, associate dean of research at the College of Public Health and director of Temple’s Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE), comments on changes to the nutrition facts label recently announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Among other changes, the new label will put greater emphasis on serving size and calorie content, and will measure added sugars.
"Teaching people to read food labels—and to use that information correctly—is an important lifestyle modification strategy for people trying to lose weight,” says Sarwer. “And more generally, knowing what’s in the food we eat is an important part of healthy eating. The current food labels are often criticized for being hard to read, so enlarging the font for serving sizes and calories will likely help people find that information more quickly. And given all of the attention on sugars in our food, many people will be pleased to see the new information about added sugars. On their own, these changes won't solve the public health problems of obesity and type 2 diabetes. But they represent another important strategy for people to use when considering what to buy at the grocery store.”