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starch as well as sugar. It's the sugars that

go straight into your blood stream and

cause a blood glucose spike, releasing

insulin [in non-diabetics]. Successful work

has been done on reducing salt and fat in

diets, but it's lead to an increase in added

sugars. If we can find systems that make

it easier to identify low free sugars, that

would be a step in the right direction."

Wise heads

Someone who has recently taken up the

fight for better food labeling, specifically

to do with sugar, is Rend Platings, the

founder of Sugarwise. Sugarwise is the

The Sugarwise marque, and its creator, Rend Platings and

some products showing the certification.

international authority for sugar claims,

with more than 400 products certified,

shipping in over 65 countries. The

Sugarwise marque is the trusted and

recognised sign guaranteeing that the

sugar claims made on packaging have

been independently verified, and that

the product is low in any of the sugars

or sweeteners people need to limit,

referencing World Health Organisation

(WHO) guidelines.

As the only international certification

body for sugar claims, Sugarwise

assesses the following claims: sugar

free, low sugar, no added sugar, reduced

sugar, low calorie and calorie free. Along

with being able to carry a sugars related

claim, all certified products must be low in

free sugars. This means they must have

no more than 5g of free sugars in 100g if

a food, and no more than 2.5g in 100ml

of free sugars if a beverage.

The Sugarwise campaign was started

by Platings at the start of 2016, after

becoming a mother for the first time and

looking at labels when searching for lowersugar foods for her child. At that point

there was hardly any media attention on

sugar. She recalls, "In fact, back then it

was difficult to persuade people to take

Education has limited value if

everything sold still has a lot of

sugar in it. The food industry

has to be held to account. -

Rend Platings, Sugarwise

"

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