FDA Proposes a Daily Value for Sugar on Nutrition Labels

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Marion Nestle is the author of seven books and a professor at NYU's Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health.

This week she discusses the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to add a daily value for added sugar on nutrition labels. Until now, labels were only required to list the number of grams of sugar in a given product. Under the new proposed guidelines the FDA would recommend that consumers ingest no more than 10% of their daily calories from added sugars.

On her blog Nestle writes, "Ten percent of calories means 200 calories on a 2000 calorie daily diet, or 50 grams, or 12 teaspoons — the amount in one 16-ounce soda."

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Host:
Evan Kleiman

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Gillian Ferguson, Laryl Garcia