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ADA Supports Proposed Changes to 'Nutrition Facts' Label Requirements

September 01, 2015 The Food and Drug Administration's proposed revision of the required "nutrition facts" labeling for packaged foods would include a requirement for food manufacturers to include a separate line for added sugar content. The ADA told the agency that it supports this proposed change to the labeling requirements.

"From a dental perspective, a steady diet of foods containing natural and added sugars, processed starches, and low pH-level acids can damage teeth, wrote Drs. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, and Kathleen O'Loughlin, executive director in a letter sent to the agency on Aug. 25. "Diets resulting in micronutrient deficiency also increase the risk of infections and inflamed tissues in the oral cavity."

The FDA is also proposing to require a "percent daily value" declaration for added sugars: not more than 10 percent of total daily caloric intake, a change that Drs. Feinberg and O'Loughlin called "a reasonable public health goal for reducing cardiovascular disease."

Documents pertaining to all the ADA's diet- and nutrition-related advocacy is available at ADA.org/advocacy.