Hiding Added Sugars Grams for Single Ingredient Products Like Honey

Posted on October 18, 2019 by

The FDA recently released guidance on labeling single ingredient products like honey and syrups. These are ingredients that are added sugars themselves, but with the new 2016 nutrition labeling rules were also required to include the added sugars line on their nutrition labels. While this seems reasonable, some customers found this confusing, since there isn't anything "added" to the product.

As you can imagine (or at least, we can imagine!), the sugar lobbyists marched to Washington and tried to do something. Here's the resulting guidance from the FDA on single ingredient added sugars.

Our Critical Take!

To be perfectly honest, this will probably just confuse consumers more since they now have a %DV on their label without the corresponding grams of Added Sugar, but rules is rules.

The Feature :)

Regardless, to solve that problem for our customers who want to follow this guidance, you can now toggle the grams section of the Added Sugars portion of your nutrition labels if your recipe is made up of a single ingredient.

Single Ingredient Added Sugars Remove Grams Option

Option to remove the grams portion of the Added Sugars line of the new FDA nutrition labels

Clicking the option in the example above would remove the "17g" so the line would just say "Includes Added Sugars", followed by the "34%" in the % Daily Value column. The simplified option isn't required, but is often used for simple products like honeys and syrups, so we included it for fun :)

Pretty simple, but hopefully helps a few of our sugars and syrups customers and makes our nutrition label maker just a little more useful! Let us know what you think!

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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