WASHINGTON – Consumers know, and the FDA’s definition accurately reflects, that sugar only comes from sugar cane and sugar beets.

At just 15 calories a teaspoon, all-natural sugar has been the world’s sweetener of choice for more than 2,000 years. Sugar remains the predominate sweetener in every country except the United States, where in recent decades man-made sweetening agents have been created and mass produced.

American consumers are now clamoring for a change and are demanding the trusted taste and goodness of sugar, which exists naturally in sugar beets and sugar cane, instead of man-made sweeteners. We are thrilled that food and beverage manufacturers are switching back to natural sugar in droves and are confident that this positive trend will continue.

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History Lesson: Taking a look at historical trends in sugar consumption

February 6, 2020

February 2020 Although not widely talked about by the media, a significant dietary trend has been taking place. Over the past 20 years, added sugars consumption has been on a steep decline. In terms of teaspoons, added sugars intake has decreased by nearly 25 percent since 2000, dropping from 21 to 16.1 teaspoons per day. […]

Maria Scott: Proudly Promoting the Science of Sugar

January 6, 2020

January 2020 Laura Rutherford, sugarbeet grower and writer, interviewed Maria Scott, Senior Director of Scientific Affairs at the Sugar Association, to hear more about her background and the work the Sugar Association is doing. Read the full article at: https://www.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=647548#%22{\%22issue_id\%22:647548%22

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Stick a Label on It: 2020 brings a new Nutrition Facts Label. What does it mean for sugar?

January 6, 2020

January 2020 Whether you’re one of the 80 percent of consumers who claim they at least sometimes use it, or the 20 percent that don’t, we are all familiar with the Nutrition Facts Label found on the back of foods and beverages. After nearly 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration decided it was time […]

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