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FDA revises Nutritional Facts label on packaged foods
August 2, 2015, 4:19 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed including the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods. The percent daily value indicates how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet and would help consumers make informed choice for themselves and their families.

The FDA’s proposed percent daily value for sugar would be similar to current information on total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, calcium and iron. The value for sugars would be based on the studies conducted by Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), which recommended that the daily intake of calories from added sugar should not exceed 10 percent of total daily calories.

The FDA's new proposal comes on the back of new studies which show that healthy dietary patterns, including lower amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages, are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. When sugars are added to foods and beverages to sweeten them, they add calories without providing additional nutrients.

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