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March 16, 2016 / drjamesfreije

U.S. Government Begins Tackling the Public Health Issue of Added Sugar


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Mount Nittany Physician Group

A board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. James Freije provides adults and children with comprehensive care as an associate with Mount Nittany Physician Group. Possessing more than three decades of medical experience, Dr. James Freije holds an MD from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and a master of public health from SUNY University at Albany. Alongside his clinical work, he takes an interest in matters of public health.

The U.S. government recently released new dietary guidelines that suggest added sugar should account for less than 10 percent of people’s daily calorie intake. This update represents a significant change from previous versions that only suggested calories from added sugars be cut without including specific numbers. The new recommendation is the latest attempt from the government to curb public consumption of added sugars. Between 1977 and 2010, added sugar consumption has grew by 30 percent. In recent years, increased sugar consumption and its health effects have drawn a good deal of focus from various governmental public health initiatives.

By including a concrete recommendation for calories from added sugar, officials hope that the public will continue its attempts to follow low-sugar diets and cut the amount of added sugar they consume. Several other countries around the world have begun putting in place measures that limit sugar consumption. For example, Mexico introduced a sugary beverage tax in early 2014, a move that resulted in a 12 percent drop in the sales of sugary beverages. The United Kingdom has also considered implementing a sugar tax. On a micro level in the United States, the City of Berkeley, California, implemented a soda tax in early 2015.

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