For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will require the nutrition labels on food packages to display added sugars. Reducing sugar intake is an important goal for everyone, not only those with prediabetes or at risk of type 2 diabetes, but for everyone. Consuming sugar can lead to health problems such as weight gain, obesity, and heart disease.
If you could point to one culprit in your diet, it might be added sugars. They bring calories without essential nutrients, drive up your blood sugar levels, and contribute to diabetes and other chronic diseases. Some foods with added sugars are obvious; they include candy, soft drinks, and desserts. Other sources of sugar, though, sneak into your diet, usually by way of processed foods.