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FDA Wants To Place A Limit On Added Sugar Consumption

The FDA and other health bodies have been trying to decades to convince people to lower their intake of added sugars. The average American diet includes on average about 80 grams of sugar a day, and this comes from soft drinks and desserts, but even foods like ketchup, tomato soup, and the like have sugar added to them to increase their taste. This added sugar is usually agreed upon by consumer taste tests.

The FDA wants to lower the intake of added sugar to less than 50 grams a day, 12.5 teaspoons, or 10% of daily calories, which is actually less sugar than what is found in a 12 fl oz bottle of Cola. They actually want to lower it even more, to only 25 grams. They are planning on having labels attached to food products that show added sugars as well as the the limit on the nutrition facts located on the food.

SugarBowl_Judy_FlickrThis is mainly due to research showing that high consumption of sugar is related to death via Cardiovascular Disease, which shows that people who eat less than 10% of daily Calories from added sugars had a lower risk of heart disease.

And not just the FDA, but the World Heath Organization is also fighting to lower the amount of calories consumed via added sugars in order to help people become more healthy and reduce the risk of metabolic disease, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.

The biggest opponent of this labeling, is of course, food industries themselves, who make a profit selling high sugar foods to people. The belief is that labeling will hurt the businesses bottom line. Evidence shows that this might not be true, however. A study in New York was conducted on a few thousand people taking a survey over many years, despite rampant calorie reports popping up on menu boards and websites, this did not decrease the amount of calories one ate when eating out. So it is not certain if adding added sugar labels will have too much of an effect.

The best bet would be to reduce intake, if not eliminate, added sugars altogether. For instance, while artificial sweeteners do not cause weight loss, their consumption is known to slow down weight gain as opposed to sugar-sweetened beverages. And if possible, stick to water, but sparkling water and splenda sweetened tea should be ok as well.¬†¬†Also, be careful, as no matter where you get the sugar from, be it brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, or HFCS, it’s all metabolized the same.