Lisa Bailey, Spoonit, carb spoon, counting carbohydrates, of which sugars, types of sugar

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OF WHICH SUGARS ?

Carbohydrate or 'of which sugars'? What does that mean? A look at

food labels with NHS dietician Lisa Bailey, founder of SpoonIt.

FOOD

REPORT

F

ood labels are a great

source of information to

help you make decisions

about the food you eat.

Knowing what to look at

and what it means gives you the power

to make the right food choices for you.

This article explains various things you

might find on a food label, with a focus on

carbohydrates.

Nutritional panel

Food labels contain nutritional information

which is usually presented in a panel.

The mandatory information food

manufacturers must display is:

1) Energy value (in both kilojoules (kJ)

and kilocalories (kcal) per 100g

2) The amounts (in grams (g)) of fat,

saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein

and salt per 100g

Total carbohydrate (highlighted in red)

is one of the most important parts of the

nutritional panel for people with Diabetes.

It tells you how many grams of sugar and

starch is present in a food. It is the total

carbohydrate and not the 'of which sugars'

which is used to predict the affect a food will

have on blood glucose levels. If someone

is carbohydrate counting it is the total

carbohydrate per portion of food eaten that

is used to estimate insulin doses.

The 'of which sugars' tells you how

many grams of total carbohydrate comes

from sugar.

Energy kJ/kcal

Protein

Fat g

-of which saturates g

Carbohydrate g

-of which sugars g

Salt

Protein 8g

Fat g 3g

-of which saturates g 1g

Carbohydrate g 30g

-of which sugars g 3g

Salt 0.3

Look at the nutritional panel below.

The 'of which sugars' is 3g. This means

out of 30g of total carbohydrate 3g (10%)

is from sugar.

Unfortunately the 'of which sugars'

doesn't differentiate between free sugars

(previously known as added sugar)

and natural sugars, so from a health

perspective it's important to consider the

food you are eating, as we should limit

free sugar to under 30g per day.

Other types of carbohydrate are

added to the nutritional panel on a

Index

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