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FDA proposes daily value for added sugar on nutrition facts labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed last month to not only incorporate added sugar into food labels but to include a recommended daily value of 50 grams.

That’s equivalent to about 12 teaspoons, less than what is in a single 20 oz. Coke.

Dr. Harold Goldstein, executive director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy, applauded the decision in a news report from UC Davis Medical Center.

“Since the inception of the nutrition facts label, one ‘fact’ has remained conspicuously absent: the daily value for sugar,” Goldstein said. “So far, consumers have been left in the dark without any guidance on how much sugar is too much sugar.”

This proposal is based on the findings of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which are supported by similar guidelines introduced by the World Health Organization and other medical experts.

Helping consumers control their added sugar consumption will decrease their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other costly diet-related chronic diseases.

“With this new nutritional information, consumers can avoid the sugary drinks that easily put them over their daily value in just a few sips,” Goldstein said. “Sugar-sweetened beverages have been linked to at least 25,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to a recent study. The stakes couldn’t be higher.”

The FDA invited public comment on the proposal over the next 75 days.

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