ACN Research Evaluation Panel Files Comments On FDA’s Added Sugar Labeling Proposal

October 14, 2015—The Research Evaluation Panel (REP) of the American College of Nutrition has filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the Agency’s proposed supplemental rule to establish a Dietary Reference Value (DRV) for added sugars as well as require that the Percent of Daily Value (DV) for added sugars be displayed on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts labels. A copy of the letter is available at

Highlights of the REP’s comments include: 

  • support for the proposed rule and a recommendation that the Nutrition Facts Label be developed such that added sugar labeling can be clearly interpreted by consumers, clinicians, and researchers. 
  • a recommendation that the FDA provide public education on the differences in the composition and metabolism of the various types of added sugars to consumers and health professionals. 
  • data showing that consuming foods and beverages high in added sugars may displace essential, nutrient-dense, whole foods in the diet, and thus further increase chronic disease risk.
  • links to scientific evidence indicating that intake of added sugars, even at levels lower than those being suggested in the proposed labeling rule (i.e., less than ten percent of energy from calories), has been shown to have pronounced, detrimental health effects. 
  • a recommendation that added sugars should not be assigned a daily intake value.

The REP is a select committee of the American College of Nutrition (ACN). It is comprised of ACN Fellows Jeffrey S. Bland, PhD, FACN, CNS; Leo Galland, MD, FACN; David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM; and Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, MACN, CNS. 

ACN's mission is to advance nutrition science to prevent and treat disease. The ACN stimulates nutrition research and publication, elevates nutrition knowledge among clinicians and researchers, and provides practical guidance on clinical nutrition. Its flagship programs include the prestigious Journal of the American College of Nutrition and the Annual Conference, now in its 56th year. The ACN accepts no funding from for-profit corporations.