After 20 years, food nutrition labels to be updated

BY Sarah Corapi  January 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM EST
Photo by Flickr user Dan Domme

Photo by Flickr user Dan Domme

The black-and-white nutrition facts on the side of your cereal box may soon get a new look.

The Associated Press reported Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration is considering revising nutrition labels to reflect updated knowledge about nutrition and to make them easier to read.

Key revisions may include a more noticeable calorie count, a listed amount of added sugar and percentage of whole wheat and a measure of nutrients in teaspoons instead of grams.

The current nutrition facts label is 20 years old. Michael Taylor — the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods — says it’s time for an update. He believes “the food environment has changed and our dietary guidance has changed.”

While several modifications have been suggested, the FDA has yet to make any decisions on what specifically will be altered.