Making Sense of Sugars
What's an Added Sugar?
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Four fun facts
While all sugars (e.g., honey) are carbohydrates,
not all carbohydrates (e.g., fiber) are sugars.
IFIC Foundation Nutrition Facts Panel Sugars Labeling Consumer Research
Sugars are found naturally in some foods and
beverages or added as ingredients in others.
Whether natural or added, all sugars are
broken down by the body in the same way.
Dietary Guidelines recommend < 10% of your
total daily calories come from added sugars.
Added sugars information will appear on
revised Nutrition Facts labels on or
before July 26, 2018.
Right now, you can use current labels to
identify sources of added sugars in the
High-Fructose Corn Syrup
White Granulated Sugar
Monk Fruit Extract
Stevia Leaf Extract
*Naturally-occurring sugar also found in whole foods
Added Sugars Not Added Sugars
Here are some common sources of added sugars, as well as ingredients that are not considered added sugars
What is, what isn't
did you know?
The order of the Ingredients List matters.
The ingredient contributing most to the product weight
is listed first. The ingredient contributing the least
weight is listed last.
You can usually locate the Ingredients List near the
name of the food’s manufacturer and often below the
Nutrition Facts label.
What's in a name?
The Dietary Guidelines glossary lists added sugars as "syrups and
other caloric sweeteners used as a sweetener in other food products."
Added SugarsThe FDA has established the official technical definition for the term
"added sugars" that will guide Nutrition Facts labeling.
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