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Label Wars?

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This is a bowl of white sugar.

This is a bowl of white sugar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The newest suggestion for the Nutrition Facts label is to add one more piece of information – ADDED SUGARS.  I see some strong arguments from both sides – e.g. the cranberry industry points out that cranberries are so naturally bitter that sugar must be added to make them palatable.  On the other hand, some products have added sugars that may not be necessary.  Would you like to see Added Sugars on the label?  Keep in mind that the latest recommendation suggests that we consume only about 12 teaspoons of sugar daily and the World Health Organization and the American Heart Association even  less, e.g. 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men. When reading labels, keep in mind that 4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon.

Americans consume about 22-30 teaspoons of sugar a day, most from sugary drinks. There are about 10 teaspoons in a 12 oz can of soda.   By estimates that adds up to at least 70 -100 pounds a year per person.



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