FDA will exclude allulose from total and added sugars on U.S. Nutrition Facts Panel

April 18, 2019
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The low-calorie sweetener will only be included under "carbohydrates" and in the ingredients list, having negligible caloric impact. The declaration follows petitions from allulose producers, including Tate & Lyle. Considering that 71% of U.S. consumers read the sugar content on product labels, this new labeling signals major potential for allulose; however, allulose is found naturally in dried fruit only in small quantities and currently has few producers. Moreover, the sweetener is not metabolized by humans, and its impact on the microbiome is questionable. While supply is limited, clients should further investigate allulose's health impacts and acknowledge how the microbiome is shaping consumer sentiment toward alternative sweeteners.

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