New Nutrition Label: Hits & Misses

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: The FDA recently unveiled its new nutrition facts label, but is it really for the better?
Air Date: 5/25/16
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Ashley Koff, RD
Ashley-KoffAshley Koff is an internationally-renowned registered dietitian who believes better nutrition is simple and is on a mission to help anyone achieve their personal health goals by providing simple but highly effective tips and strategies. A self-described “Qualitarian,” Koff emphasizes the value of quality nutritional choices in achieving optimal health and has developed tools such as The AKA Qualitarian Nutrition Plan and The AKA Personal Shopper to help facilitate this.

Koff is widely sought after for her knowledge and ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages and appears regularly in the National Media, has authored two books and speaks frequently on the topic of better quality choices for better health.
New Nutrition Label: Hits & Misses
The FDA recently unveiled its new nutrition facts label.

While there are some improvements, Registered Dietitian Ashley Koff says there is also much left to be desired.

Koff joins Naturally Savvy host Lisa Davis to share the "hits and misses" of the new design.

Calories are bold and in large type.
Serving sizes have been updated.
New column for added sugars.
Essential nutrients are indicated as well as amounts of each.

No matter how big the calorie count appears to the eye, the quality of calorie matters.
Missing essential nutrients. For example, calcium and magnesium offset each other, but while calcium is highlighted, magnesium is not. 
Artificial sugars or sugar alcohols aren't quite clear.
In terms of serving sizes, it's still important to educate the public as to what an appropriate portion size is.