Has the FDA Got Plans for Your Family’s Shopping Trip?

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Being able to take control of your everyday life is very important. When you buy groceries you want to be aware of everything you’re putting in your family pantry. Over the years we’ve made progress through nutritional labels that detail ingredients, calories, vitamins and any additional deemed important to keep you healthy. One ingredient has been hiding its long term effects on the body, and not until recently have we began to wage an important war against it.

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The Problem With Sugar

Sugar that is being added to products we buy is beginning to damage our body in ways we never imagined. To start, sugar is addictive and although we may not feel like we are addicted, our bodies take in sugar the same way they would take in any other addictive drug. Our brain responds highly to pleasure sensory, and just like many drugs, sugar gives our brain direct pleasure. What this pleasure does is lead us into craving sugar products in various capacities, whether food, drinks or snacks.

With any addiction comes negative side effects from continual use. For sugar some are: obesity, diabetes, liver failure, high blood pressure, heart disease and pancreatic cancer. As amazing as sugar feels and tastes, long term and excessive intake will break your body down faster and unnaturally.

Less Is More

Too much of anything is bad for you, so controlling your sugar consumption is key to avoiding any of the side effect of sugar addiction. Last year, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) proposed changes that would have a separate line for all manufactured and added sugar in products. Although people were able to see what extra sugars were added, families were unable to really understand what these additional lines meant for their daily sugar intake.

In order to educate consumers, reduce their sugar intake and promote healthy choices, the FDA has proposed adding the sugar percentage to the nutritional labels of products. The percentage will be an indicator of the recommended daily calorie intake. This would make buying products as easy as shopping for vegetables to fulfill your daily vitamin needs. A recent study showed that people were less likely to purchase a product if they were aware of the added sugar content.

By having the caloric intake visible for consumers, companies may feel pressured to find ways to reduce added sugar in their product. This can hopefully lead to healthier alternatives in food choices at the market. With the knowledge of how much sugar you should be consuming daily, you can make better health choices. Less sugar and less health concerns can give you more opportunity for healthy family activities such as running, swimming, cycling and yoga.