The Food and Drug Association in the U.S. in 2016, announced important changes in Nutrition Facts label. Their main aim was to help consumers with improved nutritional information. One such change was inclusion of percent and grams daily value of sugar content in the food product. This intended to help consumer keep a check on their calorie intake, based on the recommendations in Dietary Guidelines for Americans in 2015 to 2020.
However, the FDA mandated including sugar labeling policy for packaged food and beverages. The policy will take effect during 2020 to 2021. It will emerge as an affordable way to create various health benefits for the society as well as healthcare system in the US.
The University of Liverpool and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University conducted the study. The research is first in itself to foresee the potential economic and health impacts of the new policy. Circulation published the study, estimating prevention of around 1 million cases of cardiometabolic ailments in in the next 20 years.
Study Aims to Reduce Healthcare Expenditure and Improve QALYs
Furthermore, with potential industry reformulations to decrease added sugar content, the study aims to prevent around 3 million diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Affordability considers healthcare as well as society perspective. The study also expects to
• Gain around 727,000 quality-adjusted-life-years (QALYs).
• Healthcare and society perspective expected to be affordable in 5 years and cost saving in 7 years of time.
• Delay or prevent 354,400 cardiovascular cases and 599,300 diabetes cases.
• With industry reformulations, study projected increased corresponding profits.
• Save US$61.9 bn societal prices and US$ bn in total healthcare costs
Renata Micha, author of research also said, it is an important step in decreasing intake of food that has high sugar content. It will reduce expenditure on healthcare and improve health of the individual. The policy will benefit not just the consumers but also policy makers and the food sector.