On a pre-packaged food label, when it lists the total sugars a product contains, is this the amount of sugar (sucrose) added by the manufacturer?
No. The total sugars listed on a food label include any sugars used in manufacturing (also known as added sugars or free sugars) and those contained naturally in the product e.g. from fruit or vegetables.
Labels on products are a great place to find out what’s in your foods and drinks. Labels on the back (or side) of a pack always show the list of ingredients (in descending order of weight), as well as the total sugars contained in the product per 100g or per 100ml of product. Labels sometimes
Added sugars (also known as free sugars) are those used in manufacturing or added by the cook or consumer. Naturally occurring sugars are those found naturally in a product e.g. fruit or vegetables.
The body breaks down each type of sugar in exactly the same way, irrespective of where it comes from. For example, sucrose in an apple is broken down in exactly the same as the sucrose in your sugar bowl. However, the rate of which the sucrose is absorbed can vary depending on if the source
No sugars are better or worse for you; the different sugars are broken down and used in different ways but, most importantly, the body doesn’t distinguish between sugars used in manufacturing or in the kitchen, and those sugars found naturally in fruits and vegetables. For example, sucrose in an apple is broken down in exactly