Reading food labels can be a daunting task while grocery shopping. Here are a few shortcuts that can help you choose the best options.
- Find the “plain” version of foods; yogurt, oatmeal, and crackers. Stay clear of foods with the label advertising “low-fat, low-calorie, fat-free.” They typically have more added or artificial sugars.
- Food labels using the terms “natural or organic” does not mean a food has less added sugar.5
- Scan the ingredient list for “code words” for sugars; anything ending in “ose.” They are listed according to weight.
- Check the “added sugars” line and the percentage Daily Value. 4 grams=1 teaspoon of sugar.1
- Compare pre-packaged, convenient type foods for the best option; even the same manufactured product in a different flavor may vary in sugar content. Below are a few examples of product comparisons.