Besser also asked Yancy about a specific product, a drink called Chocolate Moose Attack, which carries the AHA's Heart Check Mark. The drink, Besser said, contains more sugar ounce-per-ounce than Pepsi.
Yancy defended the choices that led to the AHA's decisions on which products carry the Heart Check Mark. "The totality of the product is what we have to evaluate," Yancy said. "Low fat, low sodium. We have to look at the entirely of the package."
In a statement issued last night, the AHA said that it has asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require food manufacturers to disclose the quantity of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts panel. Without that information, the AHA said, its staff is "unable to enforce a criterion for added sugar."