Target: Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration
Goal: Lower the recommended sugar intake to fall in line with American Heart Association recommendations.
Sugar has recently fallen into the hot seat as America’s number one enemy when it comes to health, and for good reason, too. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released a study that indicated what the recommended daily intake of sugar should be, and it’s far lower than the current FDA recommendation. AHA studies point toward sugar being a big cause of cardiovascular disease among kids and the biggest cause of type 2 diabetes in kids. The AHA has now recommended reforms to the food guide in order to achieve a more healthy daily intake of sugar. Demand that the FDA follow the American Heart Association’s recommendation.
The new recommendation set by the AHA is that kids should eat no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day, and children under the age of two should have no added sugar. The current FDA recommendation is 40 grams of sugar a day, which translates to roughly 10-11 teaspoons. To put this in perspective, a can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar in it, just under the daily limit. It’s expected that without significant progress in curbing the country’s sugar addiction, 40 percent of the American population will develop type 2 diabetes by 2050. Ask the FDA to lower the daily recommended sugar intake as well as advocate against the rampant excessive consumption of sugar.
Dear Michael R. Taylor,
The FDA is the authority on what is safe and consumable in this country. Right now though, the FDA has a major misstep in how they are labeling sugar consumption, setting the recommendation much higher than what it is deemed acceptable by the American Heart Association. The FDA’s recommendation for daily sugar intake is almost double what the AHA recommends and this is unacceptable, as we should have all of our medical and health regulators on the same page.
The FDA is easily the most influential health regulator in the entire country, they effectively decide what people put in their bodies every day. Because of this, the FDA and the AHA need to be on the same, unified front. Considering the AHA’s studies are more recent and based on uniform science, the FDA should change its regulations to fit what the AHA has to say. We, the undersigned, ask that you take these studies seriously and lower the recommended sugar intake level to what the AHA recommends.
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