In May 2016, when the Food and Drug Administration finished its overhaul of Nutrition Facts labels, it gave large companies a July 2018 deadline to put them on packages (go, FDA!).
But in June 2017, the Trump administration said that it would postpone the deadline (sigh). Nevertheless, some companies have forged ahead (applause!).
Here’s a sampling of foods from those pioneers (thank you!).
Most caught our attention because they—finally—reveal how much added sugar to expect in cereals, ice creams, yogurts, and more.
And they show how much of a day’s worth of added sugar a serving of the food contains, using the FDA’s Daily Value (50 grams). You’re better off with even less.
Take a look at the changes.
Here’s a snapshot of all the changes on the new label. For more details, go to the FDA’s website.
Trader Joe’s Avocado Citrus Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
Trader Joe’s Avocado Citrus Whole Milk Greek Yogurt has 12 grams of added sugar—a quarter of a day’s worth—in a 5 oz. cup.
Most flavored greek yogurts, like this one, probably have 3 to 5 grams of naturally occurring milk sugar.
Quaker Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection Overnight Oats
Quaker Orchard Peach Pecan Perfection Overnight Oats has 13 grams (3 teaspoons) of added sugar—26 percent of a day’s worth. Another 4 grams of sugar is naturally occurring in the peaches.
Whole Foods 365 Organic Blackberry Conserve
In Whole Foods 365 Organic Blackberry Conserve, 9 of the 10 grams of sugar in every tablespoon are added—that’s 18 percent of a day’s worth—even though blackberry purée is the first ingredient.
Izze Sparkling Grapefruit
Izze Sparkling Grapefruit has no added sugar. But each 12 oz. bottle has 120 calories and 29 grams of sugar from apple, white grape, orange, and grapefruit juice.
Juice sugars don’t count as added, but liquid calories are more likely to lead to weight gain than whole fruit.
Hood Cape Cod Fudge Shop Ice Cream
Hood Cape Cod Fudge Shop ice cream has 16 grams of added sugar—a third of a day’s worth—in a 2/3 cup serving. That’s probably typical. We estimate that about three-quarters of the sugar in most ice creams is added.
Starbucks Mocha Doubleshot Energy
An 11 oz. can of Starbucks Mocha Doubleshot Energy gets 11 grams of sugar from milk and 8 grams (about 2 teaspoons) from added sugar. It’s also sweetened with sucralose.
Kashi Organic Berry Fruitful cereal
Kashi Organic Berry Fruitful may be “made with real fruit,” but 8 of the 9 grams of sugar in each serving are added.
Trader Joe’s Take a Hike Trek Mix
Trader Joe’s Take a Hike Trek Mix with Walnuts, Cranberries, Chocolate & Toasted Sacha Inchi Seeds has 9 grams of sugar (if you stop after just a quarter-cup serving). But only 1 of those grams occurs naturally in its cranberries.
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar
Kind Fruit & Nut Bar has 4 grams (1 teaspoon) of added sugar—just 8 percent of a day’s worth. Another 3 grams comes from the fruit.
Have you seen other products with the new Nutrition Facts label? Let us know in the comments.
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