Read It Before You Eat It: The New Nutrition Facts Label

Nutritional facts on what you are eating.

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, understanding the label can make you a wiser shopper and help you eat right.

“Nutrition Facts Labels help you find out which foods are good sources of particular nutrients such as vitamin D or dietary fiber,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Lauri Wright, a national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Jacksonville, Fla. “Nutrition Facts Labels can help you compare similar foods so you can select those lower in salt, saturated fat, trans fat, and added sugars.”

Many manufacturers have already started to use the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s updated Nutrition Facts Label, which was announced in 2016. The new label must appear on all food items by January 1, 2021. The updates are based on the latest information about nutrition and the links between what people eat and chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.