Am I Getting Too Much Sugar?
Sugar is a very addictive food, and according to research has no nutritional value. I am not saying you can’t have any sugar. However, you need to learn to read labels to find out what types of sugar are found in your diet. The guidelines set out in the New Food Guide put out by Health Canada will help you look at what a healthy diet is. You can also learn about how to read food labels on the Health Canada Website.
Sugar is a complex subject. How they are labelled and the different types of sugars and is something that many people are confused about. This Sugar Basics Series will deal with some common questions.
Sugar Labelling in Canada *
Processed foods in Canada are required to list on the Labels Sugars found in the product. Sugar may be listed under the following names: Brown Sugar, Cane Juice Extract, Corn Syrup, Demerara or Turbinado, Dextrose, Evaporated Cane Juice, Fructose, Galactose, Glucose, Glucose-fructose, High-fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Invert Sugar, Lactose, Liquid Sugar, Maltose, Molasses, Sucrose, Syrup and Treacle
Old food labelling Regulations for ingredients listed the amount in the order they were found in the food product. This was not very helpful, as people did not always know what ingredients were a form of sugar. The Nutrient list only showed the number of grams of sugar. Not how much of your daily value of sugar it contained.
New Labelling Regulations
Canada recently made changes to the ingredient and nutritional list for food labels. Companies have until 2022 to make these changes. Some of these products have been on the market since 2017.
For Sugars under the Nutrition List, it will have to show the percentage of Daily requirements. This will help consumers choose packaged items that will be lower in sugars, and will help consumers stay within the daily total amount of sugar recommended on the New Canadian Food Guide.
In the ingredient list Sugar will be listed followed by the types of sugar listed in brackets. For example Flour, Sugar (Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Fructose).
This will make it easier for the consumer to find all the types of sugars found in the product.
*Information from Health Canada Website, The Food and Drug Administration Website and the Food Inspection Website.
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