Food Traffic Light Guide – Sugar

Sugar has been spending a lot of time in the spotlight recently. Most of us are aware that for health we need to consume sugar in moderation, but you could be consuming more sugar than you think!

Sugar in all its forms is not necessarily bad for us, like everything it is all about moderation and it is the amount and frequency we consume sugar that matters. Combined with a sedentary lifestyle too much sugar can lead to weight gain. Not all low fat products contain high amounts of added sugars. So as consumers we should learn how to use the nutritional information panel displayed on food packaging to help us make the healthier choice for ourselves and our families when food shopping.
What to look for on a label?
Most food and drink labels now display the nutritional information: calories, fats, sugar salt, etc. on the nutritional panel.

When you are checking the sugar content you need to look at the ‘Per 100g information’ on the nutritional panel.

If a product contains less than 5g of sugar per 100g it is a low sugar product.
Between 5g and 15g of sugar per 100g means it contains a moderate amount of sugar, and is ok most of the time.
Products that contain greater than 15g of sugar per 100g are high in sugar and should be eaten only occasionally.

Food Traffic Light Guide