Your Snacks Are Full of Sneaky Added Sugars
Last Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they were giving the iconic Nutrition Facts labels a much-needed makeover. The changes come courtesy of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign, which aims to curb America's soaring obesity rates.
The new labels won't list calories from fat (which, after all, can be healthy). They'll also include more realistic serving sizes (come on, who eats a half-cup of ice cream?), print calorie counts in a larger, bold font, and include a brand new category for added sugars. That way, shoppers will be able to tell which sugars come from veggies and fruits, and which ones are bad for them.
Most food companies will have to use these labels by July 2018, which is still pretty far away. That’s why Parade posted the infographic below, created by nutrition app ShopWell. They analyzed data from 1000 shoppers and more than 100,000 grocery items purchased across the U.S. to find out how much added sugar we’re actually eating as a nation. (Hint: It’s too much.) Check out their full findings below, and take note of which so-called “healthy” foods actually contain staggeringly high amounts of the sweet stuff.