American Diabetes Association Applauds FDA's Revised Nutrition Label Rules

Alexandria, Virginia
May 24, 2016

The American Diabetes Association applauds the changes to the Nutrition Facts label released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, May 20, 2016. Accurate and easily understandable food labels are essential in ensuring individuals with and at risk for diabetes are able to follow their individualized eating plans and achieve their daily nutrition goals. The rule will require a line disclosing added sugars and increase the type size for the calories heading and numerical value. For people with diabetes especially, the requirement that typical portions be labeled as one serving is another important change.

Foods high in added sugars, such as sodas and sweets, are nutritionally inferior to foods high in naturally occurring sugars, such as fruit and milk. Requiring the disclosure of added sugars will help Americans make dietary decisions to reduce their consumption of added sugars, which is recommended by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Increasing the prominence of the calorie declaration through a larger and bolder type will make it easier for Americans to identify and comprehend the number of calories per serving. For overweight and obese adults with type 2 diabetes, reducing calorie intake while maintaining a healthful eating pattern is recommended. Increasing the type size for the calories heading and numerical value will support individuals with and at risk for diabetes in selecting, preparing, and consuming food and beverages with the appropriate number of calories to meet their needs for weight management.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)