In conclusion, hidden sugars in foods may pose a major health risk for some individuals. Studies continue to demonstrate that the hidden sugars in our foods are responsible for the increase in obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and poor oral health related to tooth decay. Further research concerning the sugar content added to foods is needed in order to improve public health awareness. The ongoing discussion between health care professionals, researchers and the FDA have made some improvements in consumer understanding by requiring manufactures to utilize the new nutrition label template. The general public needs to recognize the health implications of consuming products with added sugars and make informed decisions regarding food purchases.
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