The Sugar Packet

The data are out – obesity rates in the U.S. continue to climb … yet read more

We are all desperate for a solution to obesity and related chronic diseases. But, a warning label is not it – particularly a warning label not grounded in facts. The Sugar Association’s President & CEO, Dr. Courtney Gaine, provided oral and written testimony to the Baltimore City Council today highlighting why this is a bad idea.

Despite FDA’s Calories Count initiative, calories aren’t even the first thing most adults check.

The Sugar Association is disappointed by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) ruling to require an “added sugars” declaration and daily reference value (DRV) on the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL). The extraordinary contradictions and irregularities, as well as the lack of scientific justification in this rulemaking process are unprecedented for the FDA. We are concerned that the ruling sets a dangerous precedent that is not grounded in science, and could actually deter us from our shared goal of a healthier America.

When we think of sugar, its sweet taste is probably the first thing that comes read more

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.

As a nation, we are consuming 500 more calories per day than 40 years ago. Only 38 of these calories can be attributed to added sugars.

March is National Nutrition Month, a good time to emphasize the importance of energy balance and to remind everyone that the centerpieces of a healthy diet should be fruits, vegetables, whole grain, lean meats, dairy and other calcium-rich foods.

But natural sugar can play an important supporting role in maintaining good health. Sugar makes many nutritious foods taste better (whole grain bread, yogurt and cereals for example).

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