Requiring U.S. food labels to clearly cite the amount of sugar that manufacturers have added to each product would greatly reduce the number of cases of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes diagnosed in the United States over the next couple of decades, according to a study published online Monday in the journal Circulation. As a result, hundreds of thousands of Americans would experience a higher quality of life — as well as longer lives — and the country would save billions of dollars in health care and social costs, the study adds. The authors of the study — researchers at Tufts University and the University of Liverpool — note they are the first to estimate the potential health and economic impacts of putting an “added sugar” line on the Nutrition Facts label of all processed foods. They say their findings underscore the need to make that change. Repeatedly delayed The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in 2016 that it was going to make “added sugar” a mandatory requirement on food labels. Under pressure from the food industry, however, the agency has repeatedly delayed the date by which manufacturers must comply. Implementation of the new requirement is now set… Read full this story
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