New Food Nutrition Labels on Channel 5 Talk of the Town w/ Retrofit Dietitian


Announcer: From the News 5 Channel network,
this is Talk of the Town. Meryll: All right. Well, the nutrition labels
on many of you’re favorite foods are getting a makeover, and these changes could make it
easier to eat healthy. Lindsey Joe is a Registered Dietitian with Retrofit. It’s nice to have
you with us. Lindsey: Thank you for having me. Meryll: Okay. So we’ve been hearing about
these new labels that are coming. What was the need for these changes? Lindsey: These changes are really important,
number one, I think because there’s more attention on the calories and serving sizes, and if
you know, calories are key. So I talk about this all the time with my weight loss clients
at Retrofit, about calories in/calories out. So this is going to bring a lot of attention
to that area. I also think it’s going to be easier for consumers
to make decisions about these labels. You can better judge a label . . . sorry, judge
a food by its label and be able to utilize this information for you and your family. Meryll: Okay. Well, let’s compare the old
label and what the new label could look like. What are we seeing that’s different on this
new label? Lindsey: Absolutely. So you can see the old
label is on the left-hand side there, the proposed label on the right, and if you start
at the top, the serving sizes per package are more prominent there. Meryll: Okay. Lindsey: So there’s no guessing as to one,
more than one. The serving sizes themselves are getting real. So you’re going to see serving
sizes that more accurately reflect what we are enjoying and eating every day. The amount
per serving is actually going to say amount per the serving size. So you see here two-thirds
a cup. Meryll: Okay Lindsey: Calories very big, very prominent. Meryll: That’s helpful. Lindsey: Yes, absolutely with the big bold
type there. Calories from fat is actually being cut from the label. You don’t see that
anymore. The daily values, they’re going to shift. They’re going to be seen on the left-hand
side here, and they’re also going to be updated. So they’re going to be more in line with the
recommendations from the Institute of Medicine. Meryll: Okay. And added sugars too, I think
that’s really important. Lindsey: Absolutely. I think a lot of people
will be interested in this. So the added sugars are being added to the label, meaning that
we’re going to see the natural occurring sugars being listed as well as sugars added during
processing Meryll: All right. Let’s show what this really
means. We brought some foods in. When you talk about portion sizes, this is what the
portion size right now is for this pasta. Lindsey: Mm-hmm. Meryll: Does anybody ever eat that little. Lindsey: No, I think we really eat double
that. So that means double the calories, and that will be reflected on the label. So about
400 calories for a 4-ounce serving of pasta. Meryll: Okay. So the portion size then will
be reflected. Lindsey: Yes, absolutely. Meryll: Same with cereals. Lindsey: Same with cereal. So this is the
one serving, which is three-fourths of a cup for a 120 calories. I think we’re going to
eat more than that and see it double. So a cup and a half for a serving, more like 240
calories. Meryll: So this tells you what you’re really
eating. Lindsey: Absolutely. Meryll: Okay. Yeah, you drink lot if calories,
and on something like this, you assume that would be a serving, right? Lindsey: Right. So you think you could drink
this in one sitting, which you absolutely can. But if you look closely, those are actually
two servings per each of these different beverages. So for this coconut water, 90 calories total.
For this juice, 260 calories total. Meryll: Wow. Okay. Lindsey: Big difference. Meryll: So if they relabel it, then it’s going
to say what the calories are per bottle. Lindsey: Per the container. Mm-hmm. Meryll: That makes a lot more sense. Okay,
ice cream. Lindsey: Ice cream, people love to talk about
this stuff. Meryll: What’s the normal serving for ice
cream right now? Lindsey: Half of a cup. Half a cup. Meryll: Oh no. No. That’s just not going to
do it. Lindsey: Not realistic, right? Meryll: Yeah. Lindsey: ÊSo, you know, if say we enjoy double
that, one cup, that’s going to be reflected again on the new proposed label. So probably
over 400 calories for the 1 cup serving where that ice cream would change. Meryll: But as long as you know that you can
adjust the rest of what you’re eating to make sense. Lindsey: Absolutely. That’s the power of it
all. Meryll: Some labels are going to get smaller,
right? Lindsey: Yes. This one’s unique. So these
are single serving yogurts that you would grab off the shelf, and that is about five
ounces, compared to if you buy a larger container that’s a cup per serving. So there’s a disconnect
there. I think we’re going to see that be more consistent and lower the calories, lower
the serving size. Yeah. Meryll: So if the FDA approves this and everybody
gets on board, this will be coming in a couple of years. Lindsey, thanks so much for telling us about
it. Lindsey: Thanks for having me. Meryll: We appreciate it. Lindsey: Yeah Meryll: You can find out more about healthy
eating at RetrofitMe.com. Talk of The Town is back right after this