There’s a lot of buzz going on about sugar in recent years. Sugar is bad. Sugar is needed. Added Sugar is bad. All sugar is bad. Natural sugar is good. and stuff like this.
I think sugar is part of life and balanced diet. As always the key is the quantity you consume every day and prefer naturally occurring sugar to added sugar.
The daily reference intake for sugar is maximum 90 grams (source: Wikipedia)
|Energy or nutrient||Reference Intake|
|Energy||8400kJ / 2000kcal|
|Total fat||70 g|
Some of the UK’s cooking sauces and condiments contain percentages of sugar comparable to, or even higher than, those in ice cream and biscuits.
One brand of ketchup – Tesco Finest – contains 38.1g of sugar per 100g. That’s higher than the 34g in every 100g of Belgian chocolate sauce from the same Tesco range.
|Condiments – grams of sugar per 100g/100ml|
|Tesco Finest Tomato Ketchup||38.1|
|Tiptree Tomato Sauce||31|
|Branston Hot Dog Relish||29.6|
|Colman’s Classic Mint Sauce||25|
|Daddies Tomato Ketchup||24|
|Heinz Tomato Ketchup||22.8|
|Sainsbury’s Tomato Ketchup||21.6|
|Hellmann’s Tomato Ketchup||19|
|Lea And Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce||18.8|
|Tesco Tomato Ketchup||18.1|
|Heinz Salad Cream||17|
|Colman’s Tartare Sauce||15|
|Colman’s Original English Mustard||13|
|Hellmann’s Salad Cream||13|
As a comparison to these added sugar contents, below is a short list of fruits and their natural sugar content in 100 grams (as per Wikipedia pages):
Banana – 12g
Grapes – 16g
Apple – 10g
Strawberry – 4.9g
Pineapple – 10g
Mango – 14g
Papaya – 8g
Tomato – 2.6g
Orange – 9g