In case you haven’t heard, the Food and Drug Administration will require new food labeling on packaged foods starting July 2018. The change stems from the growing concern about the amount of sugar peeps are consuming.
According to NPR, the new labels will break down the carb count into sub-categories, and include “Added Sugars.” The added sugars will be listed in grams and a daily percentage. The hope is that when people see that a Coke, for example, contains 130% of your daily sugar intake, they may think twice. In addition, when manufacturers have to give their sugar content a percentage, they may seek to come up with recipes that have lower sugar content.
Manufacturers apparently fought the new regulations, stating that their products already provided total sugar content and that added sugars shouldn’t matter. According to the article I read on NPR, the Sugar Association called the new mandate a “dangerous precedent that is not grounded in science.” Sheesh, so many pockets to fill, how do we ever get anything done?!
I am not sure that I completely buy the new labeling as a ground-breaking solution to our sugar consumption. People need to move away from a heavily processed diet and get back to basics, in my opinion. Oddly, there haven’t been any phone calls asking for my opinion, though. 😉
I would love to know YOUR opinions, though! What do you think, will the new label affect how people shop on a large scale?
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