Dr. Campbell: FDA changes food labels to report added sugar
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The Food & Drug Administration has just implemented the first significant changes to nutrition food labels since the federal government started requiring them in the early 1990s.
The old labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and 80s. Since then, American portion sizes have expanded significantly.
Federal health officials argued that the changes were needed to bring labels into step with the today’s diet.
This month, the FDA made a big move to change the requirements for food labels. Now, all added sugars must be indicated on the label. Proponents of this move suggest that consumers have no idea just how much sugar is added to foods—and some foods that have added sugars would surprise you—such as pasta sauces.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) the average American is now consuming 23 teaspoons of added sugar each day.
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