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Food News: The FDA, Daily Values, and Added Sugars

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed adding a Daily Value (DV) maximum for added sugars to the Nutrition Facts Label. Here's what you need to know...

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Food News: The FDA, Daily Values, and Added Sugars

Considering the DataIt's time to talk about added sugars.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed adding a Daily Value (DV) maximum for added sugars to the Nutrition Facts Label.

This maximum would be set at 10% of the total calories a person eats in a day, a number which is supported by the World Health Organization and which is higher than the 5% total recommended by the United Kingdom's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN).

According to their announcement, the "FDA is proposing including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods, giving consumers additional information for added sugars similar to information they have seen for decades with respect to nutrients such as sodium and certain fats."

Offering this information could be a serious boon for people who are trying to improve their diets and eat healthfully.

Comparing ChoicesWhy make this change?

The press release from the FDA explains, "'The FDA has a responsibility to give consumers the information they need to make informed dietary decisions for themselves and their families,' said Susan Mayne, Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. '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.'"

Since Americans currently get an average of far more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugars, adapting their lifestyles and buying habits to reflect this change would be quite an undertaking.

What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction? The FDA is currently considering public comments, so visit their website to submit a comment of your own before the deadline. You can also read about the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts Label on the FDA's main site.

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