sugar in food labels for diabetes diet, how to read nutrition labels

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STEALTHY SUGARS

What's going on with labelling, and do we know enough about how

sugar is being listed on them. By Sue Marshall I

n May of this year, in a letter

written to The Guardian Karen

Addington, Chief executive,

JDRF UK, said, "The

suggestion that companies

should secretly subtract sugar from

many food and drink recipes is

inappropriate and incorrect. If sugar

levels were secretly reduced in such

drinks, people with Type 1 diabetes

could suffer dire consequences. When

the blood glucose levels in someone

with Type 1 diabetes fall to low levels,

they need sugar urgently," but could

"sometimes struggle to chew. Therefore

sugary drinks are often their best, and

most accessible option."

In April 2018, a tax is being applied to

sugary and soft drinks. The World Health

Organisation (WHO) called for these

taxes to be put in place in a bid to fight

global obesity and diabetes epidemics.

Because of this tax, manufacturers, such

as Lucozade and Ribena, have reduced

the sugar content of their drinks by more

than 50%.

While some brands are being open

about the changes they are making

to their products, there is a concern

that many brands will just make these

changes without informing customers

that they are taking place. This can lead

to doubt and confusion over how much

glucose is being consumed and absorbed

which will be worrying for many individuals

with diabetes.

Addington's letter followed the news

that energy drink brand Lucozade was to

reduce the sugar content of its famous

liquid energy booster and based on the

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