What does "no sugar added" really mean?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

Dear Peggy: I was wondering why a food label that says "no sugar added" shows some grams of sugars in the Nutrition Facts? —S.J., Franklin, Wisconsin

Many foods—fruits, vegetables, milk, cereals, grains and legumes—have naturally occurring sugars. "Sugars" in the Nutrition Facts label include both naturally occurring and added sugars. Also, remember that there's no daily value (% DV) listed for sugars because there is no daily recommendation.