Product Comparison: Choose a Better Option

Reading food labels can be a daunting task while food 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 flavour may vary in sugar content. Below are a few examples of product comparisons.
Higher Sugar
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17 grams of sugar
Lower Sugar
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4 grams of sugar
Higher Sugar
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31 grams of sugar
Lower Sugar
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14 grams of sugar
Higher Sugar
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9 grams of sugar
Lower Sugar
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1 gram of sugar
Higher Sugar
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16 grams of sugar
Lower Sugar
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10 grams of sugar
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