SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

May 20, 2016 15:00 ET

AMA Applauds Administration's New Modernized Nutrition Label Highlighting Sugar Levels

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - May 20, 2016) - The American Medical Association (AMA) today applauded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for releasing its modernized Nutrition Facts Label to reflect the latest in scientific research to help consumers maintain healthy dietary practices. The new label, which will appear on the back of all packaged foods and beverages, lists added sugar in addition to total sugar.

"The newly updated Nutrition Facts Label better equips consumers with the information they need to make healthy food and beverage choices and ultimately help improve health outcomes for patients across the country," said AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D. "We commend the FDA for modernizing the Label, particularly the inclusion of added sugars, which we believe will be extremely helpful in preventing the debilitating chronic medical conditions, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, currently affecting millions of Americans."

The AMA has long-standing policies on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, reducing sodium intake, and obesity prevention, which served as guidance for the AMA's comments submitted to the FDA in 2014 regarding the proposed Nutrition Facts Label. These policies call for improving consumer education on the positive health impacts associated with healthier food and beverage consumption, and the enhanced nutrition label is an important tool in implementing this strategy.

The AMA is committed to Improving the health of the nation and has focused its efforts and resources on preventing type 2 diabetes and heart disease-two of the country's leading causes of disability and death. We will continue to advocate for policies that help reduce the burden of preventable diseases to ensure patients live richer and fuller lives. 

About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation's physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care to patients and communities. For more than 165 years the AMA has been unwavering in its commitment to using its unique position and knowledge to shape a healthier future for America. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

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