The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the requirements for the Nutrition Facts label. These changes are based on new data about what constitutes a healthy diet—something all PKD patients know about. In recent years, Americans have become more focused on health and many depend on the FDA’s Nutrition Facts label for nutritional guidance.
Research has found that the information provided by the Nutrition Facts label isn’t as helpful as previously thought. In 2016, the FDA announced that it would make significant changes to the Nutrition Facts label. These changes include helpful items for PKD patients, like featuring potassium content in the nutrients section and making the text for information about serving sizes larger for better awareness and visibility. Food manufacturers are required to enact these changes by 2018. The following guide details the new Nutrition Facts label and why the changes were made. Check out the details to see how these updates can help you keep a healthy, kidney-friendly diet!