What does no added sugar actually mean?

No sugar or sugar-containing ingredient was added during processing or packaging. Sugar may not be called sugar either, and it comes in many other forms, such as corn sugar, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose glucose syrup, honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup. Sugar content statements on a label can help you control your sugar intake, but these statements don't tell the whole story. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates food packaging labels, is considering revising the nutrition information box to include added sugars separately from total sugars.

As part of the FDA's added sugar regulations, the amount of added sugars must be listed in grams and as a percentage of the daily value on labels. According to the FDA, when manufacturers claim that a food “does not contain added sugars,” it cannot be processed with sugar or ingredients that contain sugar, although it can contain sugar alcohol or artificial sweeteners. FDA guidelines require a food to contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving to be labeled as sugar-free. According to the FDA, the “no added sugar” statement can only be used if no sugar or sugar-containing ingredients are used during processing.

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