SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — In 2016, the FDA announced several mandatory changes to the Nutrition Facts label to provide you with more information.
Added sugars is among the changes, and is set to take effect between year 2020 and 2021.
When getting groceries you may not always be aware of what’s inside your cart. Sure, seeing the products may be easy, but you may want to take a closer look.
“I think it’s maybe an age thing you know you want to stay healthy and you finally understand it. You are your own best advocate and you need to take care of yourself,” Mary Yungeberg said.
Yungeberg says nothing goes in her cart without a look at the nutrition label.
“I want to know what’s going in. You know garbage in garbage out, I want to eat clean and eat well,” Yungeberg said.
Thanks to a nutrition label update by the FDA in 2016, all products are expected to display the amount of added sugar, providing shoppers with more insight on what exactly they’re purchasing.
“When looking at a food label you’ll see it has its sugars and then the added sugars typically the next line below,” Registered dietitian Tiffany Krogstad said.
Added sugars are the sugars and syrups added during processing. You may notice some products have already made the switch, but Krogstad says by 2021 all products should be displaying added sugar.
“This particular food item has 13 grams of added sugar and the total sugars is 14 grams, so only 1 gram of that sugar in there is not processed,” Krogstad said.
Foods with a lot of added sugar have extra calories with little nutritional value. Krogstad says too much sugar can lead to a number of health issues.
“I mean it leads to a variety of diseases. So you’ve got diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, it also, certain cancers are related to high sugar intake as well,” Krogstad said.
In just one of these cups there are 18 grams of sugar. The American Heart association recommends that kids between the ages of 2 to 18 get 25 grams per day.
With the updated labels, a recent study by the American Heart Association expects substantial health benefits over the next 20 years, potentially preventing nearly 1 million cases of cardiovascular disease and diabetes and lowering healthcare costs.
“The study has talked about, that small changes are going to be good changes and hopefully it just makes more individuals more aware of what they are consuming,” Krogstad said.
To see all the changes being made on the nutrition label, click here.