Adding ‘percent daily value’ would help consumers avoid unneeded, harmful calories, agency says.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday it wants food labels to include more information about how much added sugar is in a product, so consumers can see more clearly how much extra sugar they are consuming every day.
Specifically, the agency wants the “percent daily value” of added sugars listed on labels. That is the percentage of recommended daily calories for a particular nutrient. Right now, sugar content is only listed as grams.
Currently, it’s recommended that daily calories from added sugars not exceed 10 percent of a 2,000-calorie daily diet.
“For the past decade, consumers have been advised to reduce their intake of added sugars, and the proposed percent daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label is intended to help consumers follow that advice,” Susan Mayne, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, said Friday in an agency news release.
Sugars that are added to foods and drinks boost calories but not nutrients, the agency noted.