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The Sugar Association President and CEO, Dr. Courtney Gaine, recently discussed concerns regarding added sugars labeling with the Red River Farm Network.
More than half of U.S. households use only sugar as their household sweetener, according to Mintel data, providing further evidence that sugar is still the Gold Standard for many American families.
“…Each time the DGAs are released, the same question is raised: Do these guidelines have any impact on improving the diet and health of Americans? In truth, if one were to plot the data you’d find an association showing quite the opposite impact.” Read the rest of Dr. Courtney Gaine’s piece on Page 12 of the April issue of Sugar Producer.
The Sugar Association Board of Directors announces that Courtney Gaine, PhD, RD, has been named interim president and CEO for the organization. Dr. Gaine brings more than a decade of experience in nutritional sciences and important leadership qualities to the position.
“Everyone recognizes it is important for Americans to eat healthy diets within caloric needs but strong scientific evidence should support all dietary recommendations. Therefore, the Sugar Association is disappointed that despite a lack of scientific evidence, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend an intake limit or target for ‘added sugars’ of no more than 10 percent of daily calories…”
The cause of obesity is multi-factorial and in reversing this trend, there needs to be a focus on evidence-based solutions so that real progress can be made.
‘Added sugars’ recommendations not based on preponderance of science as required by law
The only “war” sugar may have to wage is against media hysteria that drives consumer misinformation.
Sugar has been used safely by our grandmothers and their grandmothers for centuries. It is a sweetener all consumers can recognize and, when consumed in moderation, has been and should continue to be part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
All-natural sugar is currently being scapegoated for all kinds of health problems, despite the fact that Americans consume less of it now than we did during the days when Mean Joe Greene anchored the Steel Curtain.
by Andy Briscoe, The Sugar Association
Divided by a decade yet the results are the same.
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