4 grams of sugar = 1 teaspoon – an important fact to keep in mind when reading nutrition labels
Having a second job as a detective maybe required when reading food labels these day, when spotting added sugar.
As by law food and beverage companies need to list there products total amount of sugar per serving on the Nutritional Facts Panel, however they are not required to list the difference between how much sugar is added and versus naturally occurring sugar.
So that is why it is so important to look at the ingredients list (Not Nutritional Facts Panel) of any food or beverage so find the added sugar.
Unlike your eyes when reading the ingredients list your body cannot tell the different between natural or added sugars, so to be safe in my opinion scan the total sugars list will be your number one go to place.
• Ingredients are listed in descending order by weight, this means that when the food was manufactured, the first ingredient listed contributed the largest amount and the last ingredient listed contributed the least. For example, if sugar is listed near the start of the list the product contains a greater proportion of this ingredient
• Added sugars go by many different names, yet they are all a source of extra calories.
Food and beverage manufactures also use sweeteners that are not technically sugar. (A term, which is only applied to table sugar, or sucrose)
However these sweeteners are still considered sugar.
Have a look below at my list of Added sugar some obvious and some not so obvious.
High-fructose corn syrup (really nasty)