Added Sugar is a new mandatory label nutrient. Added Sugar is defined as sugar that does not occur naturally in food but is added by the manufacturer. Added sugars provide extra calories, and research shows that excess consumption can make it difficult to consume enough essential vitamins and minerals and stay within suggested calorie limits. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Institute of Medicine, and the World Health Organization all recommend decreasing intake of added sugars. So "Added Sugars" was incorporated into the label as a new nutrient and has been included in the mandatory set to bring it to the attention of consumers.
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