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FDA Food Label Changes Could Prevent A Million Cases Of Heart-Related Disease

April 22, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
A modeling study published in the journal Circulation (American Heart Assoc.) reports that pending changes to the FDA’s Nutrition Facts label that will require products to clearly label the grams and percent Daily Value of added sugar could prevent or postpone nearly a million cases of cardiometabolic disease and save billions in healthcare and societal costs over the next 20 years. If manufacturers as expected also reformulate their products to reduce added sugars they would need to label, it would triple the cardiovascular disease and diabetes cases prevented during the same time period. By 2037, the label change alone could prevent 354,400 cardiovascular disease cases and 599,300 cases of diabetes – equal to an additional 727,000 years of life and a savings of $31 billion in healthcare costs or $61.9 billion in societal costs,[Image Credit: © U.S. Food and Drug Administration]
Elizabeth Crawford, "Changes to Nutrition Facts label to call out added sugar could save millions of lives, study suggests", FoodNavigator-USA.com, April 22, 2019, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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