SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The number for calories will be getting bigger, and a new category for added sugars will be included on the “Nutrition Facts” labels that appear on most food packages.
The changes proposed Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration would rely on a larger, bolder type to make the amount of calories in a serving more obvious.READ MORE: Christmas Tree At Oakland's Jack London Square Catches Fire; Arson Investigation Underway
Food labels would also display more realistic serving sizes that are closer to the amount of food that consumers typically eat, with less of an emphasis on fat content and more on added sugars and total calories.
“Not all sugars are created the same,” said UCSF dietician Kathryn Ferraro.READ MORE: Bicyclist Killed In Fall At Oakland's Shepherd Canyon Park
“There’s going to be a new line on the food label that has the added sugars, so as a consumer, you will be able to differentiate between naturally occurring sugars in things like fruit and yogurt, and then the difference between those and added sugars like high fructose corn syrup or sugars which we know are much less healthful.”
Listen to KCBS’ Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor’s entire conversation with Ferraro about the benefits of the proposed new labeling requirements.MORE NEWS: Sabrina Spellman Makes An Appearance On The CW's Riverdale; Kiernan Shipka Reveals 'Fans Will Get Some Clarity'