2 Your Health: Consumer group wants less sugar in drinks

2 Your Health: Consumer group wants less sugar in drinks (Image 1)
2 Your Health: Consumer group wants less sugar in drinks (Image 1)

The Center for Science in the Public Interest wants federal regulators to set limits for how much sugar can be added to beverages like soda – so it filed a petition.

A nonprofit consumer advocacy group is urging federal food regulators to identify a safe level of added sugars for beverages, saying excessive added sugars in American diets has “created a public health crisis of epic proportions.”

The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday, citing data which establishes “the serious public health risks associated with large intakes of added sugars, particularly when consumed in beverages.”

The FDA classifies high fructose corn syrup, sucrose and other sugars as “generally recognized as safe,” but CSPI's petition says it's the quantities in which these sweeteners are used in food that makes them so dangerous to people's health. In order to recognized as safe, there must be a scientific consensus that that's true – and CSPI is telling the FDA that consensus isn't there, even if it once was.

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