Sugar is the most important food additive. It is present in a variety of packaged foods, from yogurts and cereals to salad dressings and drinks. To understand how much sugar you are eating, read the labels and use as little as possible of those products where sugar is one of the first ingredients in the list. Look also for sugar in different forms, with names such as dextrose, glucose, sucrose, maltose, fruit-juice concentrate, malt syrup, molasses, corn syrup and evaporated cane juice. Remember that 100 grams of sugar gives you 400 calories.
Currently, there are no accepted scientific national or international limits on sugar consumption. However, Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting sugar intake. Be careful when buying the following goods:
Also watch out for foods that look unobjectionable, but may contain large amounts of sugar, including:
This is why, in your SOSCuisine menus, desserts and baked goods are limited, and refined sugars are replaced by complex carbohydrates in the form of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains – foods that not only fill you up but that are nutritious too.
Some desserts with very little or no added sugar: