This week, the Union of Concerned Scientists published a new report titled “Hooked for Life: How Policies on Added Sugars Are Putting a Generation of Children at Risk”.
- “Despite the overwhelming evidence linking sugar with negative health outcomes, US federal policies and nutrition guidance have failed to fully reflect that science. This is in part due to the food industry’s lobbying power and outsize influence on federal rulemaking.”
- “Together with its aggressive marketing campaigns targeted at children, and especially at children of color, the food industry has been instrumental in delaying improvements to nutrition standards related to added sugar, while continuing to sell sugar-rich foods to young children.”
- “The FDA has certain disqualifying levels for saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol, and sodium, above which makers of a product may not make any health claims. Added sugar is notably absent from this category, even though consumption of added sugar is linked to increased disease risk.”
- “This means sugar-rich foods can still have front-of-package claims that lead consumers to think a product is more healthy than it actually is.”
- “After decades of intense pressure from the food and sugar industry, the Federal Trade Commission has given up its efforts to restrict advertising of sugary products to children. Instead, the industry has become essentially self-regulating.”