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New Food Label---Part 2

As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health. Bought to you by Kelly Zimmerman, ADRC Nutrition and Transportation Coordinator and Kayla Olmstead ADRC Contract Dietitian. If you have ideas for articles, please forward them to Kelly at the Chippewa ADRC. We would love to hear from you

The New Food Label Par 2: Limit Added Sugars New nutrition labels listing added sugars on packaged foods and drinks could prevent nearly a million cases of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in the United States and save tens of billions of dollars in health care costs, a new study says.

In addition to showing total percentage of calories from sugars, labels will show the percentage from added sugars. This will help you choose products that have lower amounts of added sugar for your diet. Less than 10% of your daily calories should be from added sugars.

Did you know that the two main sources of added sugars in the United States are sugar-sweetened beverages and snacks and sweets, which includes candies and desserts? If you tend to eat or drink even one large serving of these foods or beverages per day, then you are likely getting more than the recommended daily limit of added sugar.

In addition, new nutrient requirements have been added. Vitamin D and potassium values will now be required on the label. Calcium and iron will continue to be required. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required but can be included on a voluntary basis.

Monthly Challenge idea: Check your food labels for added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day for women, and no more than 38 grams per day for men.

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