Creating Sweet Treats In Spite of the New Sugar Labeling Law

With the FDA’s changes to the nutrition facts label taking effect in the near future, operators in the food industry are faced with the daunting task of creating cleaner labels and reducing added sugars in food products because of consumer demands for more whole food ingredients. The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a guideline for free sugar (added sugar) intake to be less than 10% of total energy intake per day and a further reduction to 5% of total calories to provide additional benefits. These added sugar intake guidelines do not apply to intrinsic sugars, those sugars incorporated within the structure of intact fruits and vegetables. This distinction between added and intrinsic sugar is reasonable as the intact sugars contain additional nutrients, phytonutrients and fiber that have been refined out of traditional sugars-containing foods. Fruits, beans and whole grains provide fiber and potassium, two of the 4 shortfall nutrients identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as well as other nutrients to create a nutrient dense product. This presentation will discuss applications for using these ingredients to create ‘hot products’ in light of the FDA’s labeling law changes and how operators can use added sugar labeling information in their products and marketing.

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