SPINS policy insights - added sugars

Policy Insights: Added Sugars

Added sugars have flooded the American diet and have become this decade’s most warned-against nutrient. As U.S. obesity rates sky-rocketed from 12% of the population in 1990 to well over a third of adult Americans in 2012, health care professionals look to policymakers, regulators and educators to help set the bar. One such step can be noted in the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed changes to its Nutrition Facts Panel with an added sugar amount accompanied by a Daily Value recommendation. As a step towards transparency, will this steer consumers towards better health?

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