New factors will affect the composition of ice cream once changes to nutrition labeling regulations become effective mid-year 2018. These include a declaration of “added sugars” (in grams and in the percent recommended daily value, or RDV, per serving). Considering a value of 4 calories per gram for conventional sugars, the RDV for “added sugars” has been established as 50 grams, the amount representing 10% of a recommended daily intake of 2,000 calories. The quantitative nature of this declaration is further affected by an increase in the standard serving size of ice cream from one-half cup to two-thirds cup.
The current definition of added sugars is the sum of all the mono- and disaccharides present (except lactose from dairy ingredients), appropriate portions of corn syrup solids and naturally occurring sugars in honey and concentrated juices.