Do you ever read a nutrition label and think to yourself what on earth are all these ingredients? Did you know that many of them are actually an alias for sugar?
Food manufacturers know if sugar is high on their ingredient list, their product isn’t exactly going to fly off the shelf. So what do they do?
1 : Firstly they disguise sugar under all these different names knowing people don’t associate many of these with just regular table sugar.
2 : Secondly, they use many different types of sugar. Food manufacturers know that if sugar is no.1 on the list, people probably won’t buy it. They want sugar to be as far down the list as possible so they use multiple types of sugar and then each type of sugar is individually smaller and will now appear further down the ingredient list, giving you the impression sugar is no longer the number 1 ingredient. So watch out for all the names of sugar, and add them up. Look at the nutrition label for total sugar per serving as well as the ingredient list.
3 : “No added sugars” or “refined sugar free” are other terms floating around these days. Do they mean sugar free? Well no, not exactly. They may still be high with naturally occurring sugars or packed with coconut sugar, dried fruit or some other sugar. Sugar is sugar no matter what you call it.
So ignore the front of packet (advertising fluff and wonder) instead look at the nutrition label for total sugar per serving as well as the ingredient list.
And lastly, what is natural? It's just another advertising term that is thrown on most products and their packaging to improve sales. But do you know what it means?