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Fit Fix: Food Labels Must Show 'Added Sugar,' FDA Rules

Today in changes aimed to combat obesity, and everything else you need to know.

Sugar, Shunned: All food labels in the United States—from spaghetti sauce to your favorite variety of protein bars—need to show exactly how much added sugar they pack, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. Yeah, it sounds kind of dry, but this is the biggest ruling about food labels since the now-ubiquitous Nutrition Facts were first introduced more than two decades ago. It's the U.S. government's latest stand against ultra-sugary foods, which can not only lead to heart problems and weight gain (hence America's  obesity epidemic) but even fog up your brain.

And make no mistake: Added sugar is an epidemic. So-called 'ultra-processed' foods make up an incredible 57.9% of the average American's diet, and they contribute 89.7% of the added sugars that we shovel down our gullets every day.

The labels will also do away with the "Calories from Fat" line, since we now know that it's not necessarily how much fat you eat, but what kind of fat that makes a big difference. [Reuters]

For the Record: The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that added sugar make up no more than 10% of your daily sugar intake. Here's what else you need to know about the new guidelines.

Soda Goes Flat...: Philadelphia is proposing tax on sugary drinks—including sweetened iced tea and sports drinks—that has provoked a fearsome response from the U.S. beverage industry, as well as local restaurants and retailers. [The Wall Street Journal]

....And Gets a Warning Label: Meanwhile, San Francisco will soon require health warning labels on ads for soda and other sugary drinks. [USA TODAY]

Speaking of Sugar: A convenience store chain in South Korea—the booziest country in Asia—has introduced a new "hangover-fighting" ice cream, part of the country's new multi-million-dollar industry of hangover cures. [Yahoo! Health]

Massive New Recall: Authorities in the U.S. are scrambling to contain an outbreak of listeria that affects fruits and vegetables shipped to all 50 states, plus Canada and Mexico, under as many as 40 different brand names at stores like Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's. [AP]

The Fast and the Furiosa: Here's your first look at Cipher, Charlize Theron's character in the upcoming Fast 8. We can't wait to see her kick some ass.

And Most Importantly: Zac Efron is on the cover of our June 2016 issue. Check out the behind-the-scenes video of his cover photoshoot, read a preview of his feature story, do the workout program that got him a Baywatch-worthy body, and master his intense, ab-exposing diet plan.


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