The Biden administration is pushing for big changes to food labels

It’s easy to overlook food labels. Identifying – and subsequently, understanding – nutritional facts isn’t straightforward, nor is it likely to be your first thought when shopping for food packaging. However, reading the label on your purchases is beneficial to your health, especially when buying cereals. The FDA and CDC both recommend some label reading tips that will make nutrition easier to understand.

According to the CDC, the labels present important information, including the number of calories and the carbohydrate, fat, fiber, protein and vitamin content per serving. These numbers are generally based on 2,000 calorie daily diets, although you should generally opt for foods whose labels reflect high amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Avoid packages with high percentages of calories, sugars, saturated and trans fats, and sodium. And, according to the FDA, always check the serving size before consumption. Serving size, however, is not necessarily a recommendation of how much you should eat or drink.

Given all the information on a nutrition label, you’ll want to at least scan the package so you know what you’re eating. It is this very knowledge that the Biden administration hopes to communicate, reflected in recently announced plans to move nutrition labels.

President Biden wants to put nutrition labels front and center

Farewell, the search for nutritional information. President Biden wants to move food labels from the back of food packaging to the front, communicating health information faster and more transparently (per NPR). The effort coincides with White House goals to alleviate hunger and diet-related disease and illness and improve the overall health of Americans.

Implementing this plan – and the shelves – may take some time. Biden’s strategy requires congressional support and changes to laws, as well as updates to physical packaging. The White House has asked the FDA to research and propose new guidelines for nutrition labeling. Labels should be clear and avoid misleading jargon, such as often unfounded and occasional uses of the word “healthy”.

This isn’t the first time President Biden has pushed for diet-related changes. He recently announced plans to advance biotechnology that will likely boost the bioengineered foods sector. There is also talk of changes to farm bills to help the agriculture industry. Clearly, the White House is grappling with food-related improvements, just as grocers may encounter nutrition labels.

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