Tips for reading Labels on the Confectionery pack
Reading the nutrition data label on the back of a Confectionery pack might indicate how much it will affect your blood sugar. The most significant factors to consider are serving size, total carbohydrates, added sugars, total sugars, and total calories.
The serving size is used to determine all nutrition information on the label. It’s crucial to keep track of the food’s serving size. you should Calculate your carbohydrate and calorie intake based on the amount of food you want to consume.
If the serving size is two Biscuits and you only eat one, the number of carbohydrates and calories mentioned on the label will be halved. However, if you eat four cookies, you should quadruple the carbohydrate and calorie quantities.
The total carbs section shows how many carbohydrates are in a single snack serving. If you’re counting carbohydrates to control your blood sugar, this rule has some exceptions.
Suppose if there are more than 5 grams of fiber per serving, remove half of the total fiber from the carbohydrate count. It’s possible that you’ll need to factor in the effects of sugar alcohols as well.
You can calculate the affect of sugar alcohols by deducting half the grams of sugar alcohols from total carbohydrates unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
If you have a 30-gram carbohydrate candy bar with 20 grams of sugar alcohols, subtract 10 from 30 to get 20 grams of sugar alcohols to equalize 20 grams of carbs.
Sugar added during food processing or confectionery making is included in added sugars. These aren’t found naturally in the diet.
To identify these sugars on a food label, check for the following ingredients:
- High-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, brown rice syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, agave, carob syrup, honey, and molasses are additional names for sugars fructose, lactose, maltose, and dextrose syrups.
- Nectars of pears, peaches, and other fruits.
- Fruit juice and cane juice, as well as other juices, palm sugar, beet sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, evaporated sweetness.
Sugars in total
Total sugars on a nutrition label comprise both added sugar and naturally occurring sugar in the product. Sugar is naturally present in foods like fruits and dairy products, but it may also be added before they are sold.
A 6-ounce serving of plain Greek yogurt, for example, may contain 5 to 10 grams of natural dairy sugar with no added sugar. On the other hand, a flavored version might include up to 10 grams of additional sugar, increasing the total sugar to far over 20 grams.
Looking at total sugar will give you an idea of how eating it will affect your blood sugar.
Last but not least, Caloric intake is also crucial. Many low-sugar or artificially sweetened foods are rich in calories and nutritionally deficient.
Note that excessive consumption of any Confectionery items can lead to weight growth, make blood sugar levels more difficult to control and eventually lead to an unhealthy life.