Revised Nutrition Labels Reflect Larger Portions

FDA's proposed labels will include more prominent calorie counts and more realistic serving sizes.
3:00 | 02/27/14

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Food nutrition labels the federal government thinks it's kind of her name go over. Today at the White House First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new standards are guiding principle here is simple. That you as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into a grocery store. -- an item off the shelf and tell whether it's good for your -- these are the first changes to food labels in two decades here's how it will work. -- currently -- and this is how will look once the changes go into effect. That calorie count will be much more prominent. And right -- one of the biggest additions putting added sugars those so called empty calories. Right there on the label nutrition experts have been pushing for that for some time the new labels will also take into account Americans dramatically different eating -- -- label was based on what people were actually eating but fifty years ago. So things have changed portion sizes and gotten much much larger right now a single serving of soda. Is considered to be eight ounces but who really -- -- -- going forward a twelve ounce or even when he ounce soft drink will be the standard. Consumers -- -- just how many calories they're drinking. A serving ice cream bowling crease -- half a cup to cup that we eat on averaged. Just half a -- and her half of bagel the new serving size will be a full thing. The government estimates that the label changes will cost food companies about two billion dollars. But they'll have a couple -- years to comply with these new standards. Karen Travers ABC news Washington.

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