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Do You Know What’s In Your Dietary Supplements?


Dietary supplements help people get the nutrients they need to thrive, and 77 percent of Americans take them, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

However, experts say that in order to make smart choices down the line, it is necessary to understand changes being made to product labels.

“The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that all dietary supplement products feature updated labeling by January 2021 to reflect the evolution of the American diet, as well as advancements in nutrition science,” said Brian Wommack, senior vice president of communications at CRN. Larger manufacturers complied last month, and many other manufacturers will be introducing the new labels for supplements early, so it’s smart for everyone to get familiar with the updates now, according to Wommack.

Eighty-two percent of Americans agree that the information on the label helps them make purchasing decisions, and being label wise, according to Wommack, means being committed to reading product labels, having knowledge of what information is featured and why, and making smart, well-informed purchasing decisions.

“While some of the changes to the label are more obvious than others, all of them are important to understand,” said Wommack.

To help you understand the transition, CRN has identified some of the noticeable aspects of the new label for supplements:

? New Daily Values (DVs) will reflect the latest nutrition science and changes in American diets.

? Vitamins A, D, and E will change from amounts in International Units (IU), to the more common measures of milligrams (mg) and micrograms (mcg).

? Folic acid, an important nutrient before and during pregnancy, will be listed as folate and measured in micrograms of dietary folate equivalents (DFEs).

? If sugar is added to the product, you will see the amount and percent DV.

To learn more about the coming changes, as well as for more tips and advice on reading the label on supplements, visit or follow the conversation at #labelwise.

“We all have unique nutritional needs. So, talk with your healthcare practitioner to understand how these label changes might impact you,” said Wommack. — StatePoint



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