Names hide sugar

A MILDURA dietician has supported calls by consumer group Choice for food products to be more clearly labelled to distinguish added sugar content from naturally occurring sugar, which is contained in products such as lactose in milk.

Consumer group Choice has identified more than 40 different names added sugars can hide behind.

They include agave nectar/syrup, barley malt, corn syrup, dextrose, lactose, honey, fructose and fruit juice. The Australian government conducted a food labelling review in 2011.

Choice said one of the recommendations was that where sugars were added as separate ingredients in a food, the term “added sugars” should be followed by a bracketed list with further

details, for example: “added sugars (fructose, glucose, syrup, honey).”

It said Food Standards Australia New Zealand was providing technical advice to the Australian government on the recommendations and it would be voted on soon.

Sunraysia Community Health Services’ (SCHS) accredited practising dietician, Adelaide Giddens said consumers needed to ensure they shop carefully when buying groceries.

She said it was often better to buy fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables instead of processed food.

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