recently announced proposed changes to the food labels we are familiar with [and confused by] seeing on our packaged foods. One feature of the proposed new label is the requirement to list ‘added sugars.’ This is great news for fruit, which gets a bad rap for it’s naturally occurring sugars.
Added sugars are those which are incorporated into foods and beverages during processing or preparation. Major sources include soft drinks, breakfast cereals, candy and other desserts. On food labels, you will that find these added sugars can be tricky to identify, because they can be listed by so many different names, including dextrose, fructose, sucrose, corn syrup, invert sugar, and many more.
get no more than 10% (and preferably only 5%) of total energy intake per day from sugars — and that includes both naturally occurring and added sugars. For the average adult, that’s no more than 12 teaspoons per day. To help put that number into context, here’s some perspective:
Fruit has been villainized for its sugar content, but it shouldn't be! The dozens of varieties of whole fruits on the market have so much more to offer. They are generally high in fiber, water, vitamins and nutrients, and low in calories, sodium and fat. Fruit has been well established as an important part of a healthy diet.
Yes, experts agree that people are definitely eating too much sugar overall, but the naturally occurring sugars found in fruit should not simply be lumped in with those other added sugars. The FDA’s proposal to list added sugars on food labels is a welcome change, helping consumers understand and choose how they consume sugar.
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