Could warning labels on restaurant menu offerings that are high in added sugar become a reality? New York City is now considering a bill that would require chain restaurants to display warning signs on selections that contain more than 12 grams of added sugar.
According to Councilman Mark Levine, who introduced the bill to the City Council, most New Yorkers aren’t aware of how much sugar they’re consuming. The American Heart Association recommends that men consume no more than 36 grams of added sugar per day; for women, it’s less — no more than 25 grams of added sugar per day. Yet, in one cup of Dunkin’ Donuts oatmeal, there are a shocking 35 grams of sugar and a salad from Wendy’s can contain as much as 40 grams of sugar!
Oatmeal and salads are typically thought of as healthy options. Most people are not aware of how much sugar these food items can contain when bought from some chain restaurants.
New York City would be the first city in America to mandate these sugar warnings if the bill passes. Let’s hope it does, so consumers become aware of how much sugar they’re actually consuming. Knowledge is power.