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Special Reports September 2014 Issue

Smart Substitutes for Sugar

Here’s what you need to know about choosing and using non-caloric sweeteners.

Sugar is in the spotlight as a key contributor not only to the obesity epidemic but also to chronic diseases, with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the first time proposing requiring food companies to list “added sugars” on the Nutrition Facts label. On average, US adults consume 14.6% of their calories from sugars not naturally occurring in food—in everything from sodas to snack foods, from cereals at breakfast to packaged entrées at dinner.

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