The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing that food and beverage labels include more information regarding the sugar content of the items.
While current labels do say exactly how much sugar is added to the items, the FDA believes that this is not enough, because people don’t realize how much less sugar they should be eating every day. And so, they are proposing that aside from the total sugar content, the labels include how much that is in comparison to the recommended daily amount. For instance, if a certain food item contains 75 grams of sugar, the label would also tell you that the food item contains 150% of the recommended daily amount of sugar.
This way, people could understand just how much sugar they are eating and maybe they might decide to lower that amount. According to the FDA’s standards, the daily dose of sugar should not exceed 50 grams for children aged 4 and older. As for the children younger than 4, the recommendation is that they do not eat more than 25 grams of sugar every day.
It is quite difficult to respect this particular recommendation regarding sugar, because the vast majority of food and beverage items already exceed it in one single item. But what the FDA aims to achieve is to make people aware that their food habits are extremely unhealthy, because it is only when people understand that they have a problem that they can begin to change their ways towards a healthier diet.
The exacerbated sugar consumption is actually one of the defining factors that has led to the obesity and diabetes epidemic that America is faced with at the moment. But it is time for a change, it is time to make people understand that they should not be perpetuating their mistakes and find a way to get a healthy diet that includes the required amounts of all the nutrients that a person needs.
“For the past decade, consumers have been advised to reduce their intake of added sugars, and the proposed percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is intended to help consumers follow that advice,” said FDA Food Safety expert, Susan Mayne.
When food is overloaded with sugars, the calorie quota explodes to immense values, while the nutritional value stagnates. Therefore, the majority of sugar loaded food an beverage items should be replaced by healthy alternatives. And FDA’s proposal to let people know just how much they are overeating is the perfect baseline for any diet change program.
It remains to be seen if the FDA’s proposal will actually be made the nationwide policy on labels, but the idea could significantly improve America’s sugar overuse situation.
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