Globally, India contributes to 17% production of sugar, signifying a high demand and utilization in the domestic market. The per capita consumption of sugar in India is approximately 10 spoons/day, and an average Indian eats approximately 18 kgs of sugar in a year. Moreover, considerable amounts of sugar are also consumed in hidden/added forms from various processed food items.
Diet becomes a vital part of the treatment plan in diabetics. Attention should be paid to reading the details mentioned on the food labels, such as calories, serving size, amount per serving, total carbohydrates, fiber, fat, sugar, and percent daily values.
In 2016, the FDA announced several mandatory changes to the Nutrition Facts label in order to provide consumers with enhanced nutritional information.
“Sugar-free” doesn't mean that it's free from carbohydrate. A sugar-free label means that one serving has less than 0.5 grams of sugar. Compare the food labels while choosing between standard products and their sugar-free counterparts. If the sugar-free product has fewer carbohydrates, consider it as a better choice.
choosing between standard products and their sugar-free counterparts. If the sugar-free product has fewer carbohydrates, consider it as a better choice. It can be tough to recognize added sugars by looking at the list of ingredients on a label. Brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, lactose, malt syrup, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, and sucrose are just some of the many different ingredients that contribute added sugars to food. To make things simpler for consumers, the FDA proposed a new line on the Nutrition Facts label that totals up all these sources of added sugar. The line would note the number of grams of added sugar and the percentage they contribute to an average person's daily calorie count.
The easiest way to cut down on sugar consumption is by swapping sugary drinks, including fruit juices and smoothies, to water, low-fat milk, sugar-free and no-added-sugar drinks.