By Sara Freund
It’s hard to resist the smell of hot gooey cinnamon rolls and syrupy holiday coffee. It hits your taste buds and releases dopamine, lighting up the brain’s reward system.
“Food labels now don’t distinguish between added sugar and natural sugar. Milk might have 12 grams of sugar but that is different from the added sugar in a candy bar,” said Isabel Maples, a registered dietician and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Including the amount of added sugars on nutrition facts labels is one change the FDA is assessing. The FDA is still reviewing whether they will make changes proposed in February, according to FDA representative Theresa Eisenman.