Lost in Translation

Earlier today, technically not more than 30 minutes ago, I attended a seminar about the Institute of Medicine and how they create recommendations.

The report of interest states: “Added sugars should comprise no more than 25 percent of total calories consumed. Added sugars are those incorporated into foods and beverages during production which usually provide insignificant amounts of vitamins, minerals, or other essential nutrients. Major sources include soft drinks, fruit drinks, pastries, candy, and other sweets. ”

And the message the population got when this was release was: “I can eat all the sugar I want as long as I don’t go over 25% of my total calories.”

Not the desired message.

What the IOM was trying to say was that going over 25% of total calories consumed with sugars will displace other nutrients, posing disease risks.

Let’s just use this one as a lesson in how important proper communication of scientific findings is.