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Everything You Need to Know About the New Nutrition Labels

Sugar is sneaky. This addictive ingredient finds its way into all kinds of processed foods, even those without a sweet taste, like pasta sauce and salad dressings. The smallest taste of something sweet can trigger killer sugar cravings, so better awareness of what’s in the food we eat is essential to getting your sweet tooth under control. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on reading food labels to find those hidden sugars.

A New Label for Healthier Habits

In hopes of making it easier to eat better, Michelle Obama worked with the FDA to create a new label for foods that would draw the consumer’s attention to the most important information. The new label would have bigger text for the calorie content of the food as well as the suggested serving size. In the past, serving sizes were often smaller than what how people really eat, so the new labels are more helpful.

A major new change: added sugars are now called out on a separate line below total sugars. This will help you distinguish between natural sugar in food, say in milk or fruit, and the sneaky sugars that companies put in foods to make them more addictive.

The FDA recommends keeping calories from sugar (both natural and added) at no more than 10 percent of your daily calorie intake. The new labelling should make this easier, since it will include a percentage of sugar in a serving size based on a standard calorie intake for the entire day.

What to Expect in 2018

New labels were intended to be the status quo starting in 2018. Unfortunately, the new administration is putting this change on hold until 2020. For the next two years, complying to new label rules is optional.

Even so, many companies have decided to stick with the original plan. Many believe that new, more straightforward labelling is a huge step forward for improving public health. So far, we know that big companies making the switch include Nabisco, PepsiCo, and KIND Snacks.

Taking Matters into Your Own Hands

Some big companies might be jumping on board with the changes, but there will be plenty of food manufacturers who will wait until compliance is mandatory. This means that if you’re living the low-sugar lifestyle, you’ve got to keep your eyes peeled for hidden sugars.

Take matters into your own hands. Carefully read each label, watching for sugar in the ingredient list and the grams of sugar in each serving size. Remember, avoiding sugar is crucial to keeping from falling into the sugar craving cycle. And for the days when you need extra help, keep your secret weapon handy. Sweet Defeat stops sugar cravings, so you can stay on track with eating healthy.