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Why Isn't Sugar Content in the List of Nutrition Facts?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

Dear Peggy: I love your magazine. I read it cover-to-cover, and every week try several new recipes. I find the Nutrition Facts at the end of each recipe especially helpful. However, I'm wondering why you don't include the sugar content in the list of Nutrition Facts. Isn't sugar equally as important as the other things you list? —C. S.

While we do list carbohydrates and fiber in our nutrition facts with each recipe in Healthy Cooking, we do not include grams of sugar. The reason is because the grams of sugar that you may see on food labels include naturally occurring sugar and added sugar, like brown sugar, honey and granulated sugar.

Many foods like fresh fruit, milk and even vegetables have naturally occurring sugar that would appear under grams of sugar, but that doesn't mean that they should be avoided. Also, while sugar was once blamed for unstable blood glucose, we now know that sugar has the same effect on glucose as most other carbohydrates. If you are looking to avoid added sugar in our recipes, you'll know at a glance because it will be listed with the ingredients.


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