Dear Dietitian: Nutrition Facts

Leanne McCrate / Special to the Weekly Citizen, The Chief

Dear Readers,

The Food and Drug Administration developed a new Nutrition Facts label which was released in the beginning of 2018. The new label more clearly illustrates the serving size and the calories per serving, and among other things, lists the amount of added sugars.

A recent European study found that one in three men do not read nutrition labels. The purpose of a Nutrition Facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. However, many find them confusing. Honestly, sometimes I find them confusing.

This week I am asking for your participation. What parts of the Nutrition Facts label do you find helpful? What parts do you find confusing? For instance, in my opinion, the percent daily value (%DV) is not very useful.

Please email me with questions and comments at Maybe I can help.


Dear Dietitian

Leanne McCrate, RD, LD, CNSC is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, and Certified Nutrition Support Clinician from St. Louis, Mo.