US: Putting 'added sugars' on food labels may baffle shoppers

30 June 2015

Consumers may struggle to understand food nutrition panels that include “added sugars,” a study suggests, illustrating the challenge ahead as U.S. health officials consider putting this detail on food labels to nudge Americans to cut back on sweets and empty calories.
While current food labels must state the amount of sugars, the U.S. FDA has proposed overhauling the labels to add an indented 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 (Reuters Health, 19 June 2015).
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