The FDA recently announced the new Nutrition Facts Label for food packages in May 2016 and there were some changes with respect to how much sugar content is in the food. So as a packaged food manufacturer, it is important to communicate the amount of sugar in a clear manner on the nutritional label.
Updated Information on ‘How Much Sugar’
When sugar has been added to the product, the nutritional label must have”added sugars” in terms of grams as well as percent Daily Value.If the consumer has more than 10 percent of the daily calories from added sugar, it becomes difficult to meet their nutrient needs while staying within the calorie limits. The label must have ‘includes X grams added sugar’ under the title ‘Total Sugar’ so that consumers are aware of the quantity of sugar present in the packaged food.
Why ‘Added Sugars’ are Included on Labels?
There are quite a few expert groups like the World Health Organization, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine, and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that emphasize the reduction of calories consumed through ‘added sugars.’ When people eat and drink sugar-sweetened beverages, sweets or snacks, most of the calories are obtained in the form of added sugars and this can quickly compromise their health.
As a result, the updates to the food labels will make the consumers aware of the quantity of ‘added sugar’ in their food. They can choose to reduce the consumption of food products that contain ‘added sugars’ when informed of the accurate amounts.
What is Included in ‘Added Sugars’?
As per the definition of the FDA, ‘added sugars’ includes sugars that are added during the processing of food products. If they are packaged as such and include sugars, sugars from honey and syrups, and sugars extracted from fruit or vegetable juices that are in excess of the same volume of 100% fruit, or vegetable juices of the same type, it should be mentioned on the food label.
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