Watch out for two different Nutrition Facts labels

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Brace yourself for confusion when looking at food labels. The FDA is delaying the launch of its new Nutrition Facts label, which features clearer serving sizes, a new line for added sugars, and the actual amounts of vitamins and minerals (not just percentages of Daily Values). Large food makers were supposed to start using the updated design by July 2018, and smaller companies had until July 2019. Now the FDA is extending the deadlines to January 2020 and January 2021, respectively. The FDA says the extra time will give the agency a chance to lend guidance to manufacturers. But some food makers have already rolled out the new label on their products. This means consumers will see two different types of nutrition labels for years to come, which could be confusing. "Ironically, however, remember that fresh whole foods that don't have a label — especially fruits and vegetables — may be your wisest choice," says registered dietitian Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.