New Rules – Added Sugar

  • New Rules – Added Sugar

    Added Sugars Defined:

    Since lab analysis can only test for total sugars it can’t distinguish between added sugars and naturally occurring sugars.

    Most anytime you add a sugar a processed food is considered an added sugar. If the purpose is to sweeten the product it is an added sugar. Does the ingredient maintain the nutritive integrity you find in the whole food? If it meets this requirement it is not an added sugar.


    Honey, Molasses, Corn Sweetener, Sugar (all types), Syrup, Juice Concentrates (there are exceptions).


    Manufacturers are required to keep records to back up the amount of added sugar on the nutrition facts panel: Nutrition analysis records, supplier spec sheets, any calculations.



    ESHA created a detailed Webinar on ‘Added sugars’.


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