Research data from different organizations and health departments shows cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from beverages could prevent up to 2.48 million cardiovascular disease events like such as strokes, heart attacks, cardiac arrests and 490,000 cardiovascular deaths, and 750,000 diabetes cases in the U.S alone, over the lifetime of the adult population.
A team of researchers from hospitals and medical education organizations created a model to simulate and quantify the health, economic, and equity impacts of a pragmatic sugar-reduction policy proposed by the U.S. National Salt and Sugar Reduction Initiative (NSSRI).
Few years ago a research paper was released which showed sugar-reduction targets for packaged foods and beverages in 15 categories and this year NSSRI finalized the policy with the goal of industry voluntarily committing to gradually reformulate their sugary products.
The laws and Implementation of a national policy will require government support to monitor companies as they work toward the targets and to publicly report on their progress.
The policy could lead to a reduction of health costs and ultimately lead to the development of an average American person's health.