Nutrition labels are set to get a little makeover from the food and drug administration this year.
The FDA plans to update the nutrition label format upon requests from the center for science in the public interest.
The organization requested to take the math out of calorie counting and make it easier to read calorie content and sugar levels.
The same labels seen on all of your favorite processed and packaged food items have remained the same for decades. In fact, food labels did not exist on most foods until the late 1960s.
The program was voluntary until 1990 when the FDA made it mandatory for all packaged food items to have nutrition labels.
Recent studies find that more Americans are turning over the package to read what’s inside.
A recent study from the U.S. department of agriculture found 42 percent of working adults between the ages of 29 and 68 look at labels when shopping. 57 percent of Americans over the age of 68 do the same.
The new format is in the works to possibly involve bigger and bolder font sizes, clearer nutrition facts and ingredient lists as well as natural and added sugar counts.