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Pressure on Sugar Intake
ABC News

(05-31-00: [Health News]) —  Excerpt:
The guidelines, contained in a 39-page booklet, largely follow the recommendations of an advisory panel of 11 nutrition experts, but the administration bowed to criticism from the food and soft drink industry and weakened the committee’s suggested section on sugar intake.

The scientists’ version had urged consumers to "limit" their consumption of sugary foods and beverages. The administration’s final version says consumers should "moderate" their sugar intake and it also deletes the advisory panel’s conclusion that Americans have been increasing their consumption of sugar.

Defending the change, Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said it makes the language about sugar consumption parallel with other guidelines that encourage moderate consumption of other things such as alcohol and total fat.