Total sugars on the nutrition fact label include sugars naturally present in many foods and beverages, such as sugar in milk and fruits, as well as any added sugars that may be present in the product. Sugar consumption is a major health problem worldwide.
Global dietary recommendations continue to recommend reducing added sugar intake. Having sugary foods or drinks too often can mean you consume more calories than you need, which can lead to weight gain and obesity. Obesity is a significant health concern. Looking at the types of foods and drinks that contribute to sugars in our diet may help us reduce our intake.
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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)
The Harmful Sugar
Research shows evidence that a high intake of total sugars, added sugars, and fructose are harmful to you. (source 🗗)
Sugar consumption, especially added sugar, has been indicated as a major cause of several chronic diseases prevalent in America, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and dental caries. (source 🗗)
The major source of added sugar in the American diet comes from commercially sweetened products, like sweetened beverages, grain-based desserts, dairy desserts, syrups, and candy, and ready-to-eat cereals for children. (source 🗗)