Added Sugars

“Added Sugars”

What are added sugars?
What is a carbohydrate?
What does “Total Carbohydrate” mean on the label?

These are good questions!

“Added sugars” are sugars that have been added to food and are not found naturally in that particular food.

For example:
Oatmeal is a natural “sugar” or carbohydrate.
Brown sugar would be an “added sugar” that has been mixed with the oatmeal.
A banana is a natural “sugar” or carbohydrate. It is not an added sugar.
Milk and plain yogurt are natural “sugars” or carbohydrate. They are not an added sugars. However, once companies add honey to yogurt or chocolate syrup to milk, added sugar will be listed on the label.

Females should limit added sugar from 0 to 25 grams per day
Males should limit added sugar from 0-37 grams per day

Carbohydrate means sugar. Therefore, the “total carbohydrate” on the food label means all sugars, (natural and added), combined.

Sugars listed on the label are the grams of added sugar in the the product. We will go into more detail tomorrow and list some of these added sugars you will find hidden in labels.

Today:

Read labels for Total Carbohydrate and Sugars.
Start reading the list of ingredients and look for added sugars. Count how many you find.

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