Sugar free isn't calorie free

Story Highlights

  • 'Sugar free' on a food label means less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving
  • Always read the Nutrition Facts label to find out what the calorie count is

“Sugar free” on a food label means less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving; “Reduced sugar” means at least 25 percent less sugar than in a regular version of that product.

But a food may still contain enough fats, carbohydrates, or other sweeteners (such as sorbitol, maltitol, and mannitol, which have half the calories of sugar) to push up the calories.

The bottom line: always read the Nutrition Facts label to find out what the calorie count is.

 

Professor John B Dixon

MBBS PhD FRACGP FRCP Edin

Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute

Contents of article are author’s own views and experience. Comments on this article should be made directly to author.

For more information, you can contact Professor John Dixon on www.bakeridi.edu.au