Californian Nutritional Labels Help Clients Make Wise Decisions Regarding Food

Calorie labeling

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the beginning of food labeling in the restaurants of San Francisco. The whole state of California followed their example and turned this practice into a policy of the state. The growing numbers of obese people in the country pushed the state to take this measure.

The state of California has an obesity rate of 25% as of 2016. Since 2010, the levels have remained stabilized thanks to the new food labeling policy in restaurants. Americans consume a great portion of their overall food intake at restaurants. Restaurants with more than 20 establishments in the state are required to include calorie counts on all dishes. This gives a greater awareness to clients about their food choices. California has achieved a great deal with this policy because starting in May, this food labeling will become a national policy.

Calorie labeling will be required from sit-down restaurants, drive-through foods, takeout food, foods from menu boards at grocery stores, self-served foods, muffins, popcorn at theatres and amusement parks, and ice cream stores. Most of the foods from vending machines are no exception to the upcoming rule. Food businesses with more than $10 million in annual sales will also have to comply with the label policy starting July this year.

The new labeling looks similar to the old one, but there are some subtle and important differences. The new label is more realistic about serving sizes. The new labels reflect packaging sizes in a different way. The 12- and 20- ounce bottles, for example, will be considered as a single serving.

The new labels will make people more aware of the food choices they make on an everyday basis. The link between diet, obesity, and heart disease is scientifically backed up by research, and the measure is to ensure people's health.

The new labels have "Calories" in bold with the number of calories in a single piece of food. The type size of 'servings per container' and 'serving size' is also made to be bolder on the label. The sugar added will be written out in grams. An upgraded list of nutrients will be required on the label with Vitamin D and potassium included. The types of fat will be written out, and the calories from fat will be removed.

By 2021, all food sale manufacturers regardless of annual sales will have to comply with this new nutritional labeling.