How manufacturers trick you into consuming more sugar
Watching your sugar intake may be a little more challenging than simply reading labels at the back of the food you purchase from the grocery store. But it’s not totally your fault. Food makers have some tricks up their sleeves that gets your sugar intake up a notch without noticing.
Standard Media, gave a list that you might want to take a closer look on such as putting smaller portion size on the label. Food manufacturers may give you a list of ingredients per 100 grams so if you buy a food item that weighs 500grams, the sugar content would seem a bit lower.
Another trick manufacturers is using different kinds of sugars in one kind of food and listing them down individually on the label so the amount would appear smaller.
For the consumers who have no time for a quick research as most do, companies take advantage of the many different names of sugar making it difficult to identify right away on food labels. Look out for names like dextrose, fructose, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, rice syrup and maltose.
Since health consciousness is trendy, companies often play with people’s mind by using words that the general population links with good health, like fruity. They may also use unrefined sweeteners made from fruits or honey that technically don’t contain refined sugar.
But even though these sugars may be a bit healthier, they are still added sugars and high consumption will have similar effects on health as refined sugars.