There are lots of hidden sugars in food and drinks. Try looking at the food packaging.

When you’re looking for sugars you should look at two things:

  1. The Ingredients List
  2. The Nutritional Information

1. The Ingredients List
Ingredients are listed in order of highest to lowest foods, therefore if the list of ingredients has sugar listed quite high up you know there is going to be a lot of it!

Also don’t forget that sugar comes under lots of different names but it still causes the same damage to teeth (cariogenic).

Some other names for sugar:
Glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose, lactose, corn syrup, honey….

 2. The Nutritional Information
More and more manufacturers are starting to embrace the traffic light system. This is where they often highlight specific fats, sugars and salts using green, amber or red. This is often found on the front of the packaging.

Sugar in foods

Most products will have a more detailed nutritional breakdown on the back which lists the different types of fats and carbohydrates.

If you want to find out how much sugar is in a food – look for the carbohydrates of which sugar. If you can’t visualise what so many grams look like – turn this figure into teaspoons of sugar. All you need to do is:

Number of teaspoons of sugar =

Amount of carbohydrates of which sugar (grams)

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There are a number of food and drinks that contain acid – these can increase your risk of tooth erosion.

Tooth Decay

The following acidic food/drink should only be taken with a meal:

  • All diet/regular fizzy drinks
  • All fruit juices/smoothies
  • Any vinegar
  • Any citric fruit i.e. lemons and oranges

Useful Links 

Change 4 Life - Sugar Smart

Sugar Reduction - The Evidence for Action, PHE