How to Identify Natural Sugar and Added Sugar on Nutrition Labels?
Firstly check the total sugars under a food label’s “sugars” both natural and added sugars are included.
Natural sugars (such as lactose in milk and fructose in fruit) are not usually a problem because they come in small doses and are packed with other nutrients, which helps slow absorption.
There are 4.2 grams of sugar in 1 teaspoon, check the label to find out how many teaspoons are in the per serve category, you will be surprised how many teaspoons can be in some processed foods.
Check the ingredient list, the higher up on the list they appear, the more sugar is in the product.
Here are all of the different words companies use to fool you into buying a product purely for money, they really don’t care about our health.
Anhydrous dextrose, brown sugar, cane crystals, cane sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, crystal dextrose, evaporated cane juice, fructose sweetener, fruit juice concentrates, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, liquid fructose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, pancake syrup, raw sugar, sugar, syrup and white sugar.. Other types of sugar you might commonly see on ingredient lists are fructose, lactose and maltose. Fructose is sugar derived from fruit and vegetables; lactose is milk sugar; and maltose is sugar that comes from grain.
Some of the uncommon name for sugar names include carbitol, concentrated fruit juice, corn sweetener, diglycerides, disaccharides, evaporated cane juice, erythritol, Florida crystals, fructooligosaccharides, galactose, glucitol, glucoamine, hexitol, inversol, isomalt, maltodextrin, malted barley, malts, mannitol, nectars, pentose, raisin syrup, ribose rice syrup, rice malt, rice syrup solids, sorbitol, sorghum, sucanat, sucanet and zylose.
Reading food labels is really important if you really want to know what’s in your food, however if you go back to basics and eating foods with the least amount of ingredients is the safest, checking the total sugars in food as per the first paragraph & going back to eating the way we mostly should which is less of the boxed, processed stuff and more of what is more natural.