The American Diabetes Association applauds the Food and Drug Administration's supplemental rule to establish a daily value for and require "added sugars" be declared on the Nutrition Facts label

Alexandria, Virginia
July 24, 2015

There is great confusion among the general public between sugars added to food during processing and naturally occurring sugars. Eating a well-balanced diet, in addition to monitoring amounts of carbohydrate, is critical for people with diabetes. While it is true that naturally occurring sugars and added sugars generally have the same physiological impact, the difference is significant when considering dietary quality. Foods high in added sugars (such as sodas and sweets) are nutritionally inferior to foods with naturally occurring sugar (such as fruit and milk).

The need to consume less added sugar is represented in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Knowing the amount of added sugar a food or beverage contains will help individuals make informed dietary decisions to reduce their consumption. As such, the American Diabetes Association strongly supports requiring the declaration of "added sugar" on the Nutrition Facts label to ensure individuals with and at risk for diabetes are able to follow the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

About the American Diabetes Association

Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; more than 30 million adults and children have diabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA drives discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with diabetes. In addition, the ADA supports people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes, and the health care professionals who serve them through information and programs that can improve health outcomes and quality of life. For more information, please call the ADA at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)