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Sugar Anyone?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I figure that if I learn something that I didn't know, there may be others who don't know either! That is why I am writing this entry today.

What I recently read about was in regards to ingredient labels on various foods. Most of us know that the manufacturers list the foods in order of most to least. If a food is mostly water, water is listed first. If a food is mostly say...peas, then peas would be listed first.

Here's the kicker though...unless this has changed and I didn't catch it....say you are reading a food label and you see fructose listed as the tenth ingredient. This seems pretty good, right? The sweetener is way down there. Let's say the 12th ingredient is molasses. Cool, right? The sugars are way down the list of ingredients. This must be a good food, right?

Wrong!!! Because the manufacturer does not have to list all sugars together, they can use several different types of sugars to make it seem like smaller amounts, therefore they are way down on the lists. IF they had to list ALL sugars as one group, you would find sugars/sweeteners, a lot higher up on the list of ingredients.

I hate reading labels. I hate that the manufacturers do this. I totally understand why they do though! Let's hope this changes in the future and if we can, help that change to go through!

Meanwhile, keep reading those labels!!!
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    3609 days ago
    The grams of sugar in relation to the other nutrients is a good thing to watch. My pet peeve with labels is odd serving sizes, that you have to watch very closely. A 5 oz. can of tuna says the serving size is 2 oz., then says it has "about 2" servings per container. A can of tomato soup says it has 2.5 servings per container. Really? Who cooks a can of soup to feed 2.5 people?

    Fortunately, if I'm going to use something a lot I only have to decipher the PR-generated serving sizes once. Get the food entered with a measurable serving size, measure what I really eat, and let the computer scale the nutrition data to reality.
    3610 days ago
    If there is a nutrition label, though, you can see the serving size and how many grams of sugar are in each... sigh, 'fraid that reading the labels is still our best defense.
    3610 days ago
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