If you answered fast food restaurants, you are wrong. According to a new study by University of Washington researchers – Consumption of added sugars among US children and adults by food purchase location and food source – 71% of the added sugars in our diet come from grocery shopping. About 8% of added sugars are from fast food restaurants, and 5% are from sit-down restaurants.
Why is this an important finding?
As you may recall, the FDA has proposed a new nutrition label, and one of the changes is the specification of added sugars. The FDA hopes that forcing manufacturers to label the amount of sugar they add to foods will lead to a reduction. History is on the FDA’s side. In 2006, trans-fat labeling went into effect and the result was a sharp drop in the use of partially hydrogenated oils in processed food products.
Some food manufacturers have attacked the FDAs plans for labeling added sugars, claiming that it would only lead to consumer confusion, and that in any case, much of the added sugars in the diet come from non-groceries. Now we know that this claim is false.