Some New York City restaurants will have to tell customers that their food and drinks have extra sugar in them. It won’t take long for you to learn the sweet truth about the foods and drinks you eat and drink. Someone from New York said, “It kind of makes you think, ‘Do I really want this?'”
In theory, it could, but maybe not. Friday, Mayor Eric Adams signed the Sweet Truth Act into law. It says that chain restaurants with 15 or more sites must put “added sugar” labels on their food and drinks if they have more than the FDA’s recommended amounts.
A lot of sugar in the diet is linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, according to doctors. New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said, “We are going to give New Yorkers the power to make healthier choices by changing the way we eat.”
“Most chronic metabolic, cardiometabolic, diseases are about your dinner, not your DNA.” “I can still have my favorite Frappuccino, I just have to be careful about how many times I drink it,” said Lynn Schulman, chair of the health committee and a council member.
According to Starbucks, a 16-ounce Frappuccino has 45 grams of sugar by itself. Dr. Caroline Messer is an endocrinologist at Northwell Lenox Hill. She says that each day you should have 45 grams of sugar.
“Forty-five grams a day is perfect because a lot of us are walking around with pre-diabetes without realizing it,” she explained. “Patients just do not realize how much sugar they’re getting in their foods, especially at these chain restaurants.”
When we talked to people in New York, some of them had fast food in their hands and agreed with the move toward openness. One person said, “Having that choice is good for people.” Sam Schatzberg, who lives on the Upper East Side, said, “If people know how much sugar is in something, they might not buy it.”
He believes this is good for our health. The majority, but not all, agreed. One person in New York said, “I’d rather not know.” Businesses could get fined $200 to $500 if they don’t follow the rules by December of next year.