FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Labels to List ‘Added Sugars’

added sugars postWe’re always happy to hear good news about nutritional labels! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that the redesigned Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverages sold in the U.S. must include a line for “added” sugars. The change will become a reality by July 2018.

“The amount of ‘added sugar’ will be expressed in grams and as a percentage of a ‘Daily Value’ — an amount of sugar consumption that nutritionists think would be reasonable as part of a daily 2,000-calorie diet,” reports NPR.

While an increasing number of research studies point to the health benefits in controlling and reducing sugar consumption—the FDA now recommends sugar make up no more than ten percent of total calories consumed per day—there is a difference between sugars that occur naturally in foods and those that do not, like those in a piece of dried fruit, for example, versus the high fructose syrup commonly added to soft drinks, sodas, and many processed foods.

While we try to steer clear of products with added sugars, our knowledgeable employees are ready and willing to help you understand your food labels better here at The Corner. Have a healthy and happy week everyone! 🙂

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