FDA Head Speaks Up for Science

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

When President Obama asked Dr. Margaret Hamburg to head the Food and Drug Administration in 2009, he chose a seasoned scientist with a demonstrated passion for public health.  Read more >

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Sickly Sweet: Fighting Our Addiction to Sugar

David Wallinga, MD
, , UCS

It’s no secret Americans eat (and more often, drink) too much sugar: about 20 teaspoons worth per day, on average. By contrast, recommendations are that women eat no more than about 6 teaspoons worth, 9 teaspoons for men. Read more >

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Sugar, Science, and Your Summer BBQ

, , former analyst, Center for Science & Democracy

With the FDA’s comment period on proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts label—including the labeling of added sugar—coming to a close August 1, I find myself reflecting a bit on the sugar many of us have been consuming over the course of the summer picnic season. Read more >

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Too Many Food Companies Still Attack Science, Despite Push for Greater Transparency

, , former science communication officer

In the age of Twitter and online petitions, food companies are doing more to respond to consumer demand for information about what we’re eating, according to Ad Age. But too often, companies are still sidelining and attacking science at the root of consumers’ concerns. It doesn’t have to be this way. Read more >

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Five Things Sugar Interests Get Wrong about FDA Added Sugars Labeling

, , lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, I spoke at the FDA public meeting on Proposed Rules on Food Labeling: Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Size. I spoke in support of an added sugars label on those proposed rules, carrying with me the support of 170+ medical, public health, and nutrition experts, 600+ scientists and other technical experts, and an additional 23,000+ citizens. Read more >

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