AHA Axes Desserts from the Heart Checkmark Program

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently barred all desserts from receiving a red Heart Checkmark symbol. Introduced in 1995 as an aid to helping consumers recognize heart healthy fare, this certification will no longer be issued for any desserts. (The five still certified will not be renewed.) This move comes as part of the AHA’s battle against sugar and excess calories. Visit Nutritional Criteria to learn more about what this symbol means.

PositiveTip: While often thought of as “comfort food”, desserts generally are high in excess calories from fat and sugar. Try fresh, whole fruit instead!