Added sugars can be
found in bakery products such as cakes, cookies and pies. Certain dairy
desserts, candies, nondiet soft drinks and fruit drinks also contribute
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Added Dietary Sugars Are Now Easily
Identified By Rosalie Marion Bliss
February 27, 2006
Dietary professionals and others interested in checking the amount of
"added" sugars in foods can now tap a new data resource. Agricultural Research
Service (ARS) nutritionists today
launched an online table that lets users look up the added sugars, total sugars
and carbohydrates in 2,041 common foods listed.
The "special interest table" was produced by researchers in the
Data Laboratory (NDL), one of six units that make up the ARS Beltsville
(Md.) Human Nutrition Research Center (BHNRC).
The NDL is headed by nutritionist
Holden. ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.
U.S. consumers eat about 74 pounds of added sugars per year, according
to 1999-2002 survey data analyzed by researchers at the BHNRC's
Nutrition Research Group. That's about 23 teaspoons of added sugars every
day--or 460 calories that supply no additional nutrients.
In the new table, added sugars are defined as those sugars added to
foods and beverages during processing or home preparation. The data reported
are estimated values based on the added sweeteners listed under "ingredients"
on the package labels of processed foods and beverages. Some added sugars
listed under ingredients include honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate,
brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn
syrup and malt syrup.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans underscore the importance of consumers'
limiting the amount of added sugars in the foods they eat. While foods
containing natural sugars, such as fresh fruit and milk, are rich in vitamins
and minerals, many foods and beverages that contain high amounts of added
sugars may be relatively low in nutrients. This special interest table will
help users identify foods that contain high levels of added sugars.
The new table is entitled "USDA Database for the Added Sugars Content
of Selected Foods." Entries are listed alphabetically within 23 food groups
such as "Baked Products," "Fast Foods" and "Snacks." To download the new
special interest table as a PDF or Excel file, go to: