We often equate January with the start of diet season. The past two months of overindulging are now behind us, and it’s time to be responsible eaters again. All over America, people are charging up their Fitbits, putting on their sneakers and turning over packages to read nutrition labels. Some might be looking to increase protein or fiber, or decrease total calories and fat. And the subject of sweeteners always factors strongly into these discussions.
The Nutrition Facts panel format is about to go undergo a transformation. By July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales) manufacturers must comply with the new format. One of the format changes will include a listing for “added sugars,” clearly highlighting this nutritional aspect of foods.