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7 Surprising Sources of Added Sugar

Foods don’t have to be sweet to contain the added sugar experts say to avoid.

May 2015 — Sugar is in the crosshairs of the nation’s nutrition experts, with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) for the first time recommending limiting added sugars to no more than 10% of daily calories. (See the May newsletter for the complete story.) The US Food and Drug Administration, meanwhile, has proposed a separate listing for added sugars in its updated Nutrition Facts panel. “Unquestionably, there is no benefit from high intakes of added sugar,” says Tufts professor Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, who served as vice-chair of the DGAC, “and for most people there are adverse effects.”

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