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(Memphis) For the first time in two decades, nutrition labels are about to get a major makeover.

Twenty years ago, the fat content was what everyone was looking at, but in the proposed nutrition labeling unveiled by First Lady Michelle Obama Thursday, calories are front and center with a bolder and larger print.

"As I get older, the larger the print, the better," said Mark Jones.

Mark Jones admits he's a calorie-counter and is for anything that will make food labels easier to read and understand.

"Because it's not realistic what they say," said Jones.

For the first time, the proposed labels will tell consumer where sugars in the product come from, what nutrients you should be getting, and have more realistic serving sizes.

A 20-ounce bottle of soda, for instance, will now be one serving instead of two to reflect what more of us are actually drinking.

"It's a good way for consumers to be more informed about the decisions they are making. It doesn't mean you are not going to drink the coke, but it might mean you are only going to drink half the coke because ts more clear and it help the general population understand what a true serving is," said Allison Morrison, a nurse practitioner with Baptist.

The First Lady says when consumers should be able to go into a store and pick products they know are good for their family.

1 Comment

  • JustMe

    I certainly don’t welcome it. It’s taking some useful information off the label and giving more importance to a TOTALLY useless number. Total calories is useless without knowing where those calories are coming from. For example, if a product has 200 calories, if those calories are from sugar, then you are eating way too many calories. But, if those calories are from protein or some types of fat, then you may not be getting enough calories. Ignore the total calorie number and look at the ingredients and the nutrition breakdown. The new label change is actually a step in the wrong direction.

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