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What Are Sugars According To NLEA?

Sugar consumption is a major health problem worldwide.

The U.S. Congress passed the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 (NLEA), giving the FDA authority to require nutrition labeling on food packaging.

Initially, they decided that sugar did not need to be on the label. They thought that it would confuse consumers because healthy food can contain naturally occurring sugar.

Therefore it has been hard to be able to make informed choices about sugary products.

Recently they made an update about sugar on the label. Sugar will be on the label and will distinguish added sugars from naturally occurring sugars. To end the confusion on how much sugar and what kind there is in a product.

What Is NLEA?

NLEA stands for the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990.

It provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with specific authority to require nutrition labeling of most foods regulated by the Agency and to regulate health claims on food labels and in food labeling. (source )

Research shows evidence of a threshold of harm for intakes of total sugars, added sugars, and fructose at higher exposures. (source )

Added Sugar

Sugar consumption, especially added sugar, has been indicated as a major cause of several chronic diseases. Including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and dental caries. (source )

The major source of added sugar in the American diet is derived from commercially sweetened products, including calorically sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts, dairy desserts, syrups, and candy as well as ready-to-eat cereals for children. (source )

Foods You Can Find Sugar In

You find Sugars mostly in sweets, fruit, baked, and vegetable products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Granulated Sugars
  • Figs
  • Soft Oatmeal Cookies
  • Ketchup
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Greek Yogurt

Foods That Contain Sugar In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most Sugars according to NLEA we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain Sugar.

Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator


Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.