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Adding "Added Sugar" to Nutrition Info

MoonlitMuseMoonlitMuse Member Posts: 5 Member Member Posts: 5 Member
As a Dietitian, I have to educate a lot on added sugars, as the recommendations are to consume <10% of your daily calories from these. With the updated nutrition labels on foods, it's becoming much easier for people to discern natural vs. added. However, it's still all lumped together as one here on MFP. I recommend this app to a lot of my patients, but would love for them to see their sugar intake broken down further, especially since I have some people who try to avoid fruit because it contains sugar (and yes - I then go into the education portion of that).

Would anyone else like to see this feature?

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  • heybalesheybales Member, Premium Posts: 18,537 Member Member, Premium Posts: 18,537 Member
    Since it is a required nutrition label field now, at least in the US - would be easy to allow selecting it for display.

    Caveat would be a 0 may not be true if prior database entry that was missing that info.
    Hopefully when they added that field they could fill with null instead of 0.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Member Posts: 38,703 Member Member Posts: 38,703 Member
    As a Dietitian, I have to educate a lot on added sugars, as the recommendations are to consume <10% of your daily calories from these. With the updated nutrition labels on foods, it's becoming much easier for people to discern natural vs. added. However, it's still all lumped together as one here on MFP. I recommend this app to a lot of my patients, but would love for them to see their sugar intake broken down further, especially since I have some people who try to avoid fruit because it contains sugar (and yes - I then go into the education portion of that).

    Would anyone else like to see this feature?

    Yeah, it would be easier enough to display...but users have been populating the database for years and since added sugar is a fairly new requirement on labels in the US, the vast majority of entries in the database to select from won't have that info which could lead people to falsely believe that what they're eating has no added sugar if it was presented as 0 because of the entry they used. The only way around that would be if each individual user reviewed that information from their database entry to whatever their package states and updated each entry as they went...which would be fairly tedious. MFP doesn't actually do anything with the database, so it would be up to users to populate.
  • SavannahLynn10SavannahLynn10 Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5 Member
    I would love this. I've been seeing a dietitian because I've had weight-loss surgery and she was explaining about looking at the added sugars and it would be nice to add that.

    As far as old database entries, I say take away the checkmarks and allow them to be edited by users if they would like to add the added sugars. The checkmarks aren't for verification by the brand, it's just users have put in what MFP believes to be complete nutritional information.
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