Health Canada came up with what nutritionists and dietitians regards as a "better indication of the nutrient values of foods".
The new proposed nutrition facts panels are consumer friendly- educating consumer what to be expected of the daily nutrient value. 5% DV is regarded as little and 15% DV or more is a lot. As a consumer, it is a lot simpler for me to compare nutrient value when I know less than 5% is considered less and more than 15% is consider more.
One of the "interesting" topic now is the added sugar. The difference between added sugar and natural sugar is that added sugar is added during processing. Food processors uses different sources of sugar to cater to their marketing needs. While many uses processed sugars, some food processors who market food as natural do uses alternative sugars from fruits such as date paste, honey etc. From a consumer point of view, to be able to know what contribute to the sugar level meant being able to choose natural source of sugars.
If this proposal were to be approved, it meant food processors do not only spend money to comply for the new label regulations but it opens up formulation transparency to all the consumers. Some food processors might even need to come up with consumer's friendly formulation to cater for the rising demand for less added sugars.
Food such as milk chocolate, yogurt, juices and drinks would be the obvious products when it comes to added sugar. Would this boost up the use of sweeteners or sugar substitute to lower a formulation's added sugar?