Concern About Obesity in Children Drives New Product Development

From by Foods 2.0
Obesity in Children to be Addressed with Innovation

A healthier sugar is coming to Gelson's Markets. (PRNewsFoto/Foods 2.0)

Obesity in Children to be Addressed with Innovation

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In a bid to help prevent obesity in children (and adults), a healthier sugar – Sugar 2.0 – is now available at Gelson's Markets, the Southern California-based specialty grocery chain, thanks to a new partnership.

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"Studies show the rising consumption of sugary drinks and sugar-laden food has been a major contributor to the obesity epidemic," says Trong Nguyen, CEO of Foods 2.0 and creator of Sugar 2.0. "Having four kids, I struggle every day to reduce their sugar intake and instill healthy eating habits. We are so thrilled to launch with Gelson's Market in September, which is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and bring more attention to this important issue."

The highest occurrence of obesity in children is amongst 12 – 19 year-olds, where numbers have risen from 4.6% to 20.5% obese American children from 1970 to 2012 according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey – that means there are now more than four times as many obese teenagers in America as there were in 1970. This is serious cause for concern for all parents, especially as finding foods that are healthy and compatible with teenagers' tastes can be challenging.

"Sugar 2.0 was inspired by my desire to find a healthier sugar replacement for my kids," adds Nguyen, "I wanted to create a clean label product that I could feel good about giving to my kids and that they would actually enjoy." 

The nation's first non-GMO real cane sugar and fiber blend will be available at all 25 Gelson's locations by end of September. Founded by Trong Nguyen, Sugar 2.0 is re-imagining sugar with its commitment to clean label ingredients and real sugar taste. Made with 50% real cane sugar and 50% soluble fiber – no artificial ingredients or high intensity sweeteners – Sugar 2.0 cuts sugar in half and adds the benefit of fiber and probiotics while retaining the naturally sweet flavors of real cane sugar. The product line consists of two products – Sugar 2.0 and Sugar 2.0 + Probiotics.

Find Sugar 2.0 products online, and in stores in the baking aisle.

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About Foods 2.0, LLC.

Founded in 2015 and based in Southern California, Foods 2.0 is a developer of functional food products. Striving to create "clean label" foods, Foods 2 .0 uses just a few main non-GMO ingredients – no byproducts or fillers – with a mission to reduce or eliminate added sugar. The results are products that are straightforward, yet innovative, healthy and delicious. Its leading products, Sugar 2.0 and Sugar 2.0 + Probiotics are currently available in 800 stores across the U.S.

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About Gelson's

Gelson's was founded in 1951 by brothers Bernard and Eugene Gelson as an extraordinary grocery shopping experience for discerning consumers. Gelson's Markets is recognized as one of the nation's premier supermarket chains. Each of its 25 full-service grocery stores is known as the area's best market for superior produce, highest quality meat, seafood and deli, an unmatched selection of wine and liquor, and exceptional service. Its mission statement is to make shopping anywhere else unacceptable for consumers who value quality products, cleanliness, convenience, and personal service. For more information, please visit

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