FDA Finally Has Something to Say About Sugar

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This week the Food and Drug Administration announced that it has come up with guidelines for just how much sugar the average American should be eating. And it will probably come as no surprise that we’re all eating too much of it.

The recommendations state that we should be consuming no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. So if you follow the advised 2,000 calorie diet, you should be eating less than 50 grams of added sugar per day. The bad news? That’s about how much sugar is contained in one 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola.

And as we know, the added sugar doesn’t stop there. You’ll find it in everything from yogurt and pasta sauce to granola and bread. So what’s the FDA’s next move? They are proposing a redesign of the nutrition label to designate between added sugars and naturally occurring sugars.

It’s the early stages of such a clear cap from the FDA, even though other organizations have been advocating it for years, so we’ll be interested to see how it develops.

Read more: Placing a Cap on Americans’ Consumption of Added Sugar from The New York Times