Sweetening Health Star Ratings

With 42 different names for sugar used on food labels and a new study revealing that around 70 per cent of packaged foods contain added sugar, there is a strong need for sugar in products to be more clearly labelled on packaging and in the Health Star Rating system according to The George Institute for Global Health.

The current system only labels total sugars but the institute recommends differentiating between added sugars and sugars naturally present in dairy, fruits and vegetables, which are an integral part of a healthy diet.

Soft drinks, energy and sports drinks, as well as fruit and vegetable juices make up 32 per cent of the added sugars in our diets. NSW Health is taking a stand and will be phasing out phases out sugary drinks in hospitals and clinics by December 2017.

Consumer group CHOICE is also running a campaign to persuade politicians to force manufacturers to label added sugars.




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