FAQ-29: What is the difference between sugar free products and no sugar added (NSA) products?

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29. What is the difference between sugar free products and no sugar added (NSA) products?

No sugar added products are actually what you used to called sugar free products. A number of years ago the FDA came out with a rule that said even if you use an artificial sweetener, it was still technically “sugar” because of the sugar alcohols and therefore you could not say sugar free; rather, you did not directly add sugar, hence no sugar added (NSA). Originally, all of these products were specifically designed for diabetics and others who could not have sugar, including sugar from dairy which is lactose or “milk sugar.”

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