Obesity is a major health problem in the United States, and sugar is one of the causes. Even foods that already contain natural sugar have more sugar added as they're prepared for the market. Food labels already tell you the total amount of sugar. Now the FDA wants to break that down, so you know how much has been added. That's led to a lobbying frenzy, with 287,889 public comments.
If Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Kellogg cereals, the Dairy Industry and two state governors are against you, you must be doing something right. That's what the food-and-nutrition police say about industry opposition to the FDA proposal. One health-advocacy group analyzed 80,000 food products, found 58% contained more sugar than they have naturally and insists that consumers ought to know. We hear about the lobbying frenzy over an idea first introduced by Michelle Obama.
Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times (@evanhalper)
Renee Sharp, Environmental Working Group (@ewg)
Baylen Linnekin, Keep Food Legal (@keepfoodlegal)
Robert Lustig, UC San Francisco (@RobertLustigMD)
Halper on the sugar industry's battle over proposal on added-sugar labels
Environmental Working Group on sugar in children's cereals
Linnekin on the FDA's menu-labeling mistake