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New US Nutrition Labels Now Include Added Sugars – Here’s What’s Wrong With Them

The US just had a major redesign of the nutrition labels on food packages. There is some good news – like the new line about “added sugars”. But in some ways this change is a step backwards.

Check out the new and the old versions here:

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Look at that one big massive number on the new labels – calories. These new nutrition labels show our misplaced obsession with calorie quantities, rather than food quality. A total misfire if you ask me.

The line about added sugars is good, but what about the “% Daily value” number? It’s said to represent how much a nutrient contribute to a daily diet.

That everyone should eat the same amounts of everything is ludicrous by itself. But what about added sugars? Why do they in effect recommend 50 grams of added sugars every day?

There’s ZERO need for added sugars in the diet. Any added sugar is bad.

The New York Times: F.D.A. Finishes Food Labels for How We Eat Now

The New York Times: It Isn’t Easy to Figure Out Which Foods Contain Sugar

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Are You Overdosing Your Kids on Sugar?

Here’s a visual reminder of the enormous amounts of added sugar contained in everyday foods. Well worth watching.

Can’t watch it above? Follow this link.

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Tip: Are You Addicted to Sugar?

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Many people adopt an LCHF lifestyle without realizing that they’re addicted to sugar. But how do you know if you’re addicted or not? And what can you do to break free?

Fighting a sugar addiction is just as difficult as fighting against an addiction to smoking. The big difference is that you can’t live without food. Trying to handle a sugar addiction without the proper knowledge or insight can be really, really difficult.

If you want to know for certain if you’re addicted to sugar, or any other kind of food, you can start by watching the first video with our expert on sugar and food addiction, Bitten Jonsson. The first part is free for everyone.

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Listen to “The Sugar Conspiracy”

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In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?

Have you read “The Sugar Conspiracy” – a long article from the Guardian? It’s possibly the best thing ever written on the subject… and now you don’t need to read it!

Listen to it here:

Overcast: The Sugar Conspiracy

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Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People are quitting soda in developed countries. So what do Big Sugar do? Just like Big Tobacco they are now targeting developing countries – that’s where the new profits are.

But what happens to kids in El Salvador and other countries without developed dental care? As this short video shows, it’s quite a disaster for them.

Ditchthecarbs: Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People might argue that all they need to do is brush their teeth immediately after eating a lot of sugar. Well – that antidote sure could help. For the teeth. But what about the rest of the body?

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NZ School Goes LCHF

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How should we help school children avoid the obesity epidemic? Avoiding too much added sugar is a good first step, but is it enough?

A large school in New Zealand is now serving LCHF foods to their students, inspired by among others Professor Grant Schofield.

Worth reading:

Stuff Well & Good: Dilworth’s New Diet a Recipe for Success

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Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia Discuss Sugar, Obesity and Longevity

Here’s a new discussion panel with two of my absolute favorite nutrition experts in the world: Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia.

They talk about sugar, obesity and metabolic syndrome (Lustig) and how to live longer (Attia) among other things. Worth watching if you’re interested in these topics.

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The Naked “No Sugar Added” Juice Scam

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How about this? “No sugar added” on the front of the Naked juice container. The reality? It’s full of sugar – 53 grams or more than 13 teaspoons.

The sad reality is this is not even uncommon. Plenty of juice sellers put “no sugar added” on their boxes, no matter how misleading it is.

Some may say that juice contains “natural” sugar, distilled from fruit. Well the sugar in soda comes from nature too. From corn (in the US) or sugar cane (in Europe).

It’s really not much of a difference – same amount of sugar, same sugar. Except soda does not come with the words “no sugar added” on it.

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