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sugar, or low or high carb, high or low fat.

The glycaemic index - being an index - is

easier to quantify (see sidebar).

What also amazed me when looking

into this was the language of sugar. What

is all this nonsense about 'guilt free'? Or

'sugar free' (I'll keep revisiting that in this

article), then there's 'no added sugar' and

'of which sugars' and 'free sugars'.

Too much sugar is bad for anyone, but

as this magazine's focus (and mine too) is

about how people with diabetes navigate

dodgy food labeling, I have to say that

having written this article I am extremely

uncomfortable about the term 'sugar free'.

There is a lot of confusion between 'no

added sugar' and the extremely spurious

claim that a food is 'sugar free'. There is a

basic understanding missing in the world

of food labeling, the fact that any carb will

become a sugar once digested. Many

items labeled sugar free in fact harbor

massive carb counts. I hope that in the

future no such claims of being 'sugar free'

should be possible on any food that has a

carbohydrate in it. A carbohydrate is just

a sugar waiting to happen. Unless all you

do it look at it, it's going to end up as a

sugar in your system (and anyone else's).

And if it's more sugar than you need for

your body's processes, then it will be

turned into fat by your body.

This feature looks particularly at sugar.

In future issues I'll look into sweeteners

and sugar alternatives, as these are just

as murky, misunderstood and misleading.

Label love

I'm an avid label reader - I trust none of

the on-packet claims that I read. And it

turns out, I'm not alone. Pressure on the

food and drink industry to curb sugar

content in products has never been so

intense. Furthermore, many more food

categories are likely to come under

scrutiny in the coming months with a

recent announcement from Public Health

England that a process to tackle overall

calorie content in other foods is about to

begin.

In September 2017 Impact Research

undertook a survey with 1,449 consumers

in the UK to find out how they felt about

food labelling. The study highlighted a

clear gap in trust between the consumers

and manufacturers showing that food

and drink brands have work to do

before people feel reassured about the

nutritional content of the products they

are consuming.

Only 39% of consumers feel wellinformed about what food and drink

products are best for them. That said,

some categories are making better inroads

than others; 45% of consumers

who bought yoghurt felt well-informed

compared to just 29% in the Ready Meals

category.

There is also a general feeling across

the nation that manufacturers still aren't

doing everything they can to improve the

nutritional content of their products.

Just 17% felt that manufacturers care

about improving the nutritional content

of their products to make them healthier,

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