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New food label guidelines help show palm oil’s nutritional strengths

In the past, we’ve always thought of fat in foods as if it were the Boogeyman in the closet. Scary stuff! But scientific data has shot down that way of thinking. The FDA recently announced new food labeling guidelines to reflect the changing tide. Some of these changes will help push Malaysian sustainable palm oil’s nutritional advantages into the spotlight. While some food companies may get a jumpstart, most have until 2018 to start following these new food label guidelines.

True, the nutritional facts label won’t look much different. But you may notice some distinct changes:

  • Say goodbye to the ‘Calories from Fat’ figure. Instead the focus is put on types of fats, specifically trans fats and saturated fats. Saturated fats, such as palm oil, are getting much better press than they used to. That’s because volumes of science have debunked the myth that they are bad for us. Malaysian sustainable palm oil is also a healthier alternative because it is naturally free of trans fats.
  • New added sugar figures. According to scientific data, it is more difficult to meet your nutrient needs and stay within your calorie limits if you take in more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar.
  • Some vitamins may no longer be listed. Including the Vitamins A or C values on labels will be optional. If you are concerned about your Vitamin A intake, it’s good to know that red palm oil is a terrific source of beta carotene, the body’s precursor to Vitamin A, which can help maintain healthy eyes.

There are also a handful of other changes to the new Nutrition Facts label. The font will be bigger for the servings and calories sections. The Daily Values will be updated. Serving sizes will be based on the amount that people actually consume instead of how much they should consume.

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