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Sugar Free Food Labels

Food Label Glossary

In order to call a food item “sugar free” it needs to have less than 0.5 grams of sugars per labeled serving. It’s a good thing if you buy a processed food that is sugar free for the most part. The label doesn’t spell it out for you because all the sugars are listed together you can’t tell what is “added” in processing. Ever see a yogurt with 35 grams of sugar in a small 8-ounce cup? That’s more like a dessert than a health food. Cereal is a big culprit for added sugars, too. Just don’t shy away from fruit, fat-free milk, or artificially sweetened yogurt. These items might not be sugar free, but the sugar that is there is natural. Learn more about sugar from our dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield.

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