Cheat Sheets

Added Sugar Cheat Sheet

FDA Added Sugar Cheat Sheet
Added Sugar is a new mandatory label nutrient. Added Sugar is defined as sugar that does not occur naturally in food but is added by the manufacturer. Added sugars provide extra calories, and research shows that excess consumption can make it difficult to consume enough essential vitamins and minerals and stay within suggested calorie limits. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization all recommend decreasing intake of added sugars. So "Added Sugars" was incorporated into the label as a new nutrient and has been included in the mandatory set to bring it to the attention of consumers.

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Dietary Fiber Cheat Sheet

FDA's Dietary Fiber Cheat Sheet
Dietary Fiber is a mandatory label nutrient and is a non-digestible carbohydrate, and for US labeling, it is considered part of the carbohydrate total. Dietary Fiber includes both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can also be reported on the label. Previous labeling regulations did not establish a definition for Dietary Fiber, but the new labeling regulations have adopted the definition proposed by the Institute of Medicine.

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FDA RACC Changes Cheat Sheet

FDA RACC Updates Cheat Sheet
Along with several other labeling changes, the FDA has issued a final rule to update and establish Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACC) for food product categories. In general, the RACCs have been updated to more accurately reflect the serving sizes Americans actually eat at one sitting. For example, the RACC for soda has increased from 8 fl oz to 12 fl oz. Additionally, packages that contain 2-3 servings (between 200 and 300 percent of the RACC) must include a Dual Column label displaying information for a single serving and for the whole container.

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