How well (meaning completely) do we read labels? Some can be deceptive if we don’t check out the fine print. Here’s an example: “No sugar added 100% white grape peach juice”…then, on the back, this info is added: “contains 100% juice”.
No sugar added…100% juice…sounds great, right? Well, let’s look a little closer at the nutritional info – an 8-ounce serving contains 40 grams of sugar! How can that be?
No sugar is added because the juice itself is plenty sweet. By comparison, since 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar is 4 grams, this 8-ounce serving of 100% juice contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of the sweet stuff (or 3 Tablespoons and 1 teaspoon, which edges close to 1/4 cup). Would we consciously add that amount of sugar to our children’s beverage? Yet it can happen regularly if we aren’t attentive to label-reading.
Of course, this is one good reason – in addition to the wonderful fiber – that it’s better to eat our fruit instead of drinking it! Also, a cup of this juice contain 160 calories; a large peach or a huge handful of grapes has less than half this amount.
Have you read any interesting labels that caused a jaw-drop lately?