The American Heart Association’s New Recommendations on Added Sugar for Children

Last week the journal Circulation published the American Heart Association’s scientific statement “Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children”. They’ve taken a bold new position on sugar consumption: children should consume less than 6 teaspoons of “added sugars” a day, and drink no more than 8 ounces of sugary beverages a week. Bolder still, Continue reading

Updates to the Nutrition Facts Label

On May 20th, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration finalized the new Nutrition Facts label, which will be required for use on most packaged foods by July 26th, 2018. Overall, public health and nutrition professionals are pleased with the updates as the new labels should make it easier for consumers to make healthy, informed decisions Continue reading

What We’re Reading – 4/13/16

San Francisco Approves Fully Paid Parental Leave On Tuesday, April 5th 2016, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to approve six weeks of fully paid parental leave. All new parents are included: mothers, fathers, and same-sex couples who bear or adopt a child. Though California law already guarantees a six-week leave Continue reading

How is Berkeley’s Soda Tax Working So Far?

A review of “Higher Retail Prices of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages 3 Months After Implementation of an Excise Tax in Berkeley, California” One year ago, Berkeley became the first city in the US to pass an excise tax on sugary beverages. This 1-cent per ounce tax went into effect March 2015, and there has been some debate Continue reading