The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed the inclusion of percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars to the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods. This is a supplement to the rule proposed on March 3, 2014, on updating the Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars.
The percent daily value shows how much a nutrient in a serving contributes to a daily diet. For added sugars, the %DV would be based on the recommendation that the daily intake not be greater than 10% of total calories.
In their recent summary, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) found evidence that it was difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie requirements if one exceeds 10% of total calories from added sugar. The FDA determined that the scientific data support the inclusion of %DV information for added sugars.
The DGAC also proposed that Americans limit their added sugars intake to less than 10% of total calories — a recommendation which will be considered in the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines.
Currently, the %DV is only required to be listed for total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, dietary fiber, calcium and iron. Recently reviewed studies that showed how reduced amounts of sugar-sweetened foods and beverages are strongly associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease further support the FDA’s initial proposal to include the amount of added sugars.
The FDA has also proposed to modify the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label to help consumers understand the concept of %DV. The statement would be shorter to allow for more space, which would state:
“The percent daily value (%DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”
The FDA is seeking public comment on the proposal for 75 days.
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This article originally appeared on MPR