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Ingredient lists make it easy to tell which packaged foods contain lots of added sugar.



  • True
  • False

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The answer is False.

An ingredient list can be confusing because “sugar” goes by many different names. Besides the obvious ones like sugar cane, brown sugar, honey and molasses, you need to also look for words like high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, sucrose, brown rice syrup and fruit juice concentrate. The nutrition label will tell you the number of grams of sugar per serving but that number also includes “natural” sugars like those found in fruits (fructose) and dairy foods (lactose). So you shouldn’t focus on that number alone. If you have diabetes, it’s better to look at the total carbs listed because that number includes sugar. Once you’re comfortable monitoring carbs, start checking saturated fat, calories and sodium per serving too. That way you’ll get the total picture.

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The answer is False.

An ingredient list can be confusing because “sugar” goes by many different names. Besides the obvious ones like sugar cane, brown sugar, honey and molasses, you need to also look for words like high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, sucrose, brown rice syrup and fruit juice concentrate. The nutrition label will tell you the number of grams of sugar per serving but that number also includes “natural” sugars like those found in fruits (fructose) and dairy foods (lactose). So you shouldn’t focus on that number alone. If you have diabetes, it’s better to look at the total carbs listed because that number total includes sugar. Once you’re comfortable monitoring carbs, start checking saturated fat, calories and sodium per serving too. That way you’ll get the total picture.