How do we decide how much sugar or sodium food has in it?



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    The most logical answer is to check the food label of course.  That being said, marketers are getting quite tricky as to how they label items and there are many names that sugar and sodium go by.

    Sugar can also be referred to as:

    • corn syrup/high fructose corn syrup
    • dextrose, maltose, lactose, sucrose, glucose, fructose, crystalline fructose
    • fruit juice concentrate, corn sweetener
    • cane crystals, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice

    Sodium can also be referred to as:

    • salt
    • rock salt
    • monosodium glutamate (MSG)
    • sea salt
    • sodium chloride

    Once you know what to look for, then you can accurately read the nutrition label which will tell you exactly how much sugar and salt the item contains.  Sugar will usually be listed as number of grams (ex: Sugars 6 g) under a larger heading of carbohydrates.  Sodium or salt is listed in milligrams and a percentage (ex: Sodium 7 mg, 2%).  The grams listed are the total number of grams per serving of whatever food you’re eating.  The percentage is the percentage of your total recommended daily intake. 

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