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The Secrets of Sugar Labelling

If you’re trying to get back in shape after a bit of holiday  indulgence, then why not start by focusing on reducing your sugar intake,  because sugar really is the main culprit, when it comes to piling on the pounds.  Sugar can be hidden in lots of foods, so here are a few tips to help you navigate food labels.

1. What to look out for
Glucose, sucrose, honey, dextrose, fructose, molasses, corn syrup, maple syrup, hydrolysed starch.

What it means
This product contains sugar. Watch out for anything ending in –ose, as this  means it’s a type of sugar

2. What to look out for
No added sugar

What it means
Technically, no sugar has been added in the production process, but it may still  be high in natural sugars, such as fructose in fruit juices. Many juices have been heat-treated, which is why “fresh” juice can last several days: this process can significantly enhance the sugar content of the fructose.

3. What to look out for
Sugar-free or “diet” products

What it means
These often contain synthetic sweeteners, such as aspartame, and they may
seem to be an ideal solution. Watch out, though, as they may actually stimulate
the appetite, which won’t help your efforts to manage your diet.

4. What to look out for
The weight of the sugar

What it means
Bear in mind that 4g of sugar equals roughly one teaspoon. Take a look at your breakfast cereal or fruit yoghurt, as these often contain several teaspoons of sugar per serving, so you might want to think again.