Why Should We Care About Added Sugar?

Daily Dose Of Healthy Living

The biggest buzz surrounding the revamped Nutrition Facts label recently unveiled at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit is the news that added sugars (not just total sugars) will be required on food packaging. ??Added sugar? means anything that’s used to sweeten a product beyond any sugars that occur naturally in that food,? explains Libby Mills, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. And once that info is on the label in black and white, you’ll no longer be able to kid yourself into thinking added sugars are found only in sweets, sodas and baked goods. ?Sugar is added to a variety of ‘healthy’ foods — including salad dressing, tomato sauce, soups, breads and yogurt,? says Mills. ?Places you wouldn’t necessarily expect to find it.?

The problem with added sugar is that it’s basically adding empty calories to whatever you’re eating. ?You’re getting the calories without much…

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