Fat, calories, sugar: Nutrition labels getting a makeover

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The Food and Drug Administration is looking at how to update nutrition labels

Experts want easier to read calorie counts and sugar amounts

Studies show people who read nutrition labels eat healthier

CNN  — 

Choosing healthier snacks may soon be easier.

The Food and Drug Administration says that updating nutrition labels is a priority this year, although it’s unclear when the labels will change.

Nutrition labels have remained pretty much the same for decades. It wasn’t until the late 1960s that most food labels listed any nutrition information.

At the time, labels with calorie or sodium counts were mainly used on products the FDA considered to have “special dietary uses,” for people with high blood pressure who were watching sodium, for instance.

Most people were making meals at home then, so there wasn’t a huge demand for this information. That changed as more people started eating processed foods.