What Are Sugars According To NLEA?

Sliced red onions
Red onions contains natural sugar

Sugar consumption is a major health problem worldwide.

To help you make decisions on what food products to buy, the nutritional label on the package is there to guide you.

Food labels can provide basic information about ingredients, serving sizes, nutritional content, and other information.

Sugar is one of those things written on the label, but it hasn't always been that way.

It is a good idea to keep an eye on sugar levels in foods. There are a lot of hidden sugars in products that don't need it.

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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 )

Sugar On The Nutrition Label

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.

Added Sugar Is Bad

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

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