If something contains no added sugar or no refined sugar, what do you think that means?

You would be mistaken if you thought it was healthier than something that did contain sugar.

Let’s start by saying that hopefully you’re aware that a sugary diet is not a good thing! Although this is a topic that I’ll be covering in another blog…

How much sugar could be considered acceptable?

Every food label must relate to “per 100g” of the product. If you want to compare certain ingredients across different products, you can without needing to calculate quantities.

Less than 5g per 100g = Good

More than 22.5g per 100g – Not so good

Let’s have a look at what the labels say when it comes to sugar

No added sugar or ‘only contains natural sugars.’

This usually means no added sucrose but that’s only one type of sugar. Other sugars include fructose, maltose, glucose, dextrose, honey, treacle, maple syrup, molasses, golden syrup, raw sugar and concentrated fruit juice.  These don’t have to be disclosed as “no added sugar” but they still have the same effect on the body as other sugars i.e. harmful.

Natural sugars can sometimes have fewer calories than added sugars, but they can still harm your teeth the same.

Reduced sugar contains at least 25% less sugar than the normal version. But, if the normal version is very high in sugar content, this can still mean you are eating something very high in sugar.

Low sugar is the one you should look out for. Regulations state anything with the label “low” means that it must contain no more than 5g of sugar per 100g of the product.Although labels can be confusing, you should now be more aware of what they mean when it comes to sugar.

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