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FOOD LA­BELS CAN HIDE SUGAR CON­TENT

Best Health - - NUTRITION -

Fi­nally, the lon­gawaited re­vised nu­tri­tion la­bels for pack­aged foods are com­ing to a shelf near you. Look for them on ev­ery­thing from crack­ers to corn flakes by the end of this year.

You no longer need to hunt to find all the sug­ars in the in­gre­di­ent list, as they’ll be grouped to­gether (which will prob­a­bly bump sugar to the top most of the time). There’s also a new per­cent daily value (DV) for to­tal sug­ars (five per­cent of your DV is a lit­tle; 15 per­cent is sig­nif­i­cant).

The la­bel doesn’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween added sug­ars and nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring sug­ars, so you still need to dig around in the in­gre­di­ent list to know for sure. 4 GRAMS OF SUGAR = 1 TEASPOON A CAN OF COKE CON­TAINS 40 GRAMS OF SUGAR, WHICH IS EQUIV­A­LENT TO 10 TEASPOONS.

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