Tell the FDA to Reject the DRV for Added Sugars!

Recently, the FDA announced a proposal to include a daily recommended value (DRV) for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label of packaged foods and dietary supplements. “Added sugars” are any sugars (sucrose, fructose, etc.) that are added during processing, as opposed to those that occur naturally in the food. The agency proposes that the daily intake of calories from added sugar not exceed 10% of total calories.

This is a policy reversal for the FDA, which last year claimed that there was no “sound scientific basis for the establishment of a quantitative intake recommendation [from] which a DRV could be derived.” Now it says there is indeed a “sound scientific basis” for an added sugar DRV. Food companies and the general public will regard this DRV as a recommendation to consume added sugar.

Tell the FDA they shouldn’t be promoting a recommended value for added sugars at all—that the DRV for added sugar should be zero.

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  • Stephen Ostroff


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Please Reject Proposal for Percent of Daily Value for Added Sugars

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