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Putting ‘Added Sugars’ on Food Labels Confuses Shoppers

Jun 25, 2015

In a recent study, consumers who viewed nutrition panels with grams of "added sugars" as part of total grams of sugar miscalculated the amount of sugar. But when consumers looked at a nutrition panel that didn’t break out "added sugars," most of them correctly identified the amount of sugar. The FDA has proposed overhauling the labels to add a line under sugars that breaks out "added sugars" to help consumers understand how much of the sweetener is naturally occurring versus how much is added to the product. Proposed new labels would also make calories and the total number of servings in a package more prominent. J Acad Nutr Diet 2015