‘Added Sugars’  will just create confusion in food labels, Study

United States health official consider adding an “added sugars” element to nutrition labels,  but researchers discovered this could cause confusion to consumers when shopping at the grocery store, according to a recent research study.

A research team revealed that a group of consumers examined nutritional labels and discovered that the group tested miscalculated the actual sugar content in the food. When shown the nutrition label in used now, the group correctly calculated the exact sugar content of the food.

The study co-author and nutrients communication director of the International Food Council in Washington, D.C.,   Kris Sollid,  told Reuters in an interview that these findings will assist health officials determine the best way to differentiate the sugar content in food and drinks.

“From the consumer perspective, the ability to quickly and accurately synthesize food label information when shopping is paramount.  Our research shows significantly greater comprehension occurs when `added sugars’ information is not presented,”  said Sollid.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that added sugars are just empty calories,  hence do not provide any nutritional value. Adults are advised, therefore, not to consume more than 265 empty calories per day, said the USDA.

The FDA says examples of products containing added sugar are candy, energy drinks, sports drinks, sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, dairy-based desserts soda, and soda.

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Source: http://www.thedailymeal.com/news/eat/should-nutrition-labels-note-added-sugars



  1. American Beverage Association, ABA Communications says

    With respect to updated labeling requirements, we would note that the beverage industry has a long-standing commitment to featuring clear labels on our products. One recent example is the Clear on Calories initiative launched in 2010. This voluntary effort ensured that new labels were put on the front of every can, bottle and pack to make it easier for people to choose the drink that is right for them. As a result, it’s easier than ever for consumers to make informed choices when they select beverages, which can absolutely be a part of an active, healthy lifestyle.
    -American Beverage Association

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