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Medical Minute 3-6-12

March 6, 2012 - American children are consuming a lot of added sugar and most of it comes from processed foods, not sugary drinks. The Centers for Disease Control studied data from 2005 to 2008. It found 59 percent of calories from added sugar came from foods and 41 percent from drinks. The study also found boys consumed more calories per day than girls. The CDC says it counted all sugars, whether they were used in food preparations or added at the table. Added sugar can contribute to weight gain and other health issues.

Also, the grocery store meat counter will look a little different the next time you shop. It is now mandatory to put nutrition labels on raw meat. They are the same kind of labels you see on other foods. The new rule affects all ground meat and poultry, as well as cuts like chicken breasts, pork chops, steaks and lamb. The labels will include calories, protein, cholesterol and sodium. If you've seen these labels on meat before, its because they were made voluntary back in 1993.


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