Added Sugar Labels Could Prevent Thousands of Diabetes, Heart Disease Cases

Listing added sugar content in soda could save $31 billion in health costs study finds

Listing added sugar content in soda could save $31 billion in health costs study finds

A study by the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston and the University of Liverpool states that the labeling could postpone or prevent almost 1 million cases of cardiometabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.

The Food and Drug Administration's new mandatory rules requiring labels on all packaged foods and drinks to indicate the presence of so-called added sugars could have substantial health and cost saving benefits in the United States over the next two decades, a new study suggests.

"If this added sugar label prompts the food industry to reformulate even a portion of its products to have fewer added sugars, these health and financial benefits would be doubled, which is a staggering impact", Micha said.

It also predicts and estimated saving of $31 billion in net healthcare costs and $61.9 billion in societal costs.

In explaining the potential effect that a mandated added sugars label would have on sugar content, Micha points to recent experience with food manufacturers who reduced or removed trans fats from their products following trans-fat labeling on products in the U.S.

More than 100 million Americans has prediabetes or diabetes, the seventh biggest killer in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Not only is the answer yes, but according to a new study conducted by Tufts University, the change may have far-ranging impacts on Americans' health and longevity-as well as our wallets. How Food Labels Can Reduce Cardiometabolic Diseases The researchers used a validated microsimulation model called IMPACT to estimate the impacts, and cost-effectiveness of added sugar labels. One such change was inclusion of percent and grams daily value of sugar content in the food product.

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"What these results tell us is that there is a need for timely implementation of this label", Micha said. "Consumers are better empowered to make more informed food choices that will help reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke and live longer, healthier lives".

The researchers predict that between 2018 and 2037, the added sugars label would prevent more than 354,000 cardiovascular disease cases and lead to nearly 600,000 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes. Adding industry reformulation would result in prevention of 708,800 cardiovascular disease cases and 1.2 million type 2 diabetes mellitus cases, 1.3 million quality-adjusted life-years gained, and $57.6 billion and $113.2 billion savings in net health care costs and societal costs, respectively.

Micha said the most striking finding from the study came when researchers predicted what might happen if the food industry responded to the new label by reducing the amount of added sugars in products.

"The industry should be part of the solution", Micha said.

For this reason, FDA announced the full implementation of the newly updated dietary guideline in sugar labeling for 2021.

The new study was published April 15 in the journal Circulation.

The brand new label, first proposed by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration in Might 2016, provides a brand new line underneath the Total Carbohydrate class that particulars the quantity of sugar that has been added on high of the sugars already contained in a meals product.

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