• Oyin Okusanya

SUGAR in dark chocolate and everything else you need to know

Sugar comes in different forms; sucrose which is also known as table sugar, glucose and fructose which is in fruits, vegetables and honey, Lactose which is found in milk and diary products and Maltose which is found in malted drinks and beer.

On the back of a product is the nutritional information and some times sugar can be known as rice syrup, fruit puree, invert sugar, juice concentrate, sorghum syrup, treacle, galactose, coconut blossom nectar e.t.c

Sugar can be found in everyday food products including ketchup, potato fries, breakfast cereals, bread, processed meat, low fat yogurt, flavored coffee drinks, vitamin water and also fruit juices.

Fruit, vegetables, and dairy products naturally contain small amounts of sugar but also fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds that is good for the body.

A simple way to tell how much sugar is in a product is by looking at the nutritional label before buying.

"Low Sugar" means that the product contains less than 5g of sugar per 100g for solids and no more than 2.5g per 100ml for liquids.

"Sugar Free" means that the product contains no more than 0.5g per 100g

"No added Sugar" means the product does not contain any added sugar like processed sugar or brown sugar but if the food product contains natural sugar, it should state "contains natural occurring sugar"

The traffic light system is used on most food products to help you decide when buying a product.

RED means the product is high in sugar and contains more than 22.5g per 100g

ORANGE means that the product is over 5g but no more than 22.5g per 100g

GREEN means that the product is low in sugar and contains 5.0g less per 100

Total sugars includes sugar naturally present in many nutritious foods and beverages such as diary, fruits and vegetables. These foods do not count towards free sugars.

Free sugars includes any sugar added to foods such cakes, breads and sugar that occurs naturally in foods such as honey.

For adults free sugars should contribute to no more than 5% of daily food energy and this is equivalent to 7 teaspoons of sugar

When making our handmade dark chocolate bars and products, we always put the customer first. We have a range of products that are suitable for diabetics and those conscious about the levels of sugar in their diet.

We add fruits and also a very little brown sugar in our bars to sweeten.

Our beetroot chocolate bar contains "no added sugar" at all. It contains a total sugar of 6.7g for our 80g bar.

Beetroot is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that have proven health benefits for everyone. Consuming beets appears to be especially beneficial for people with diabetes. Beets lower the risk of common diabetes complications, including nerve damage and eye damage.

Our "No added Sugar" beetroot chocolate comes with the inclusion of goji berries which is high in fiber, promotes healthy skin, immune system support and prevents liver damage.

Aside from improving sleep, depression and anxiety.

Remember everything should be done in moderation even eating dark chocolate.

Online Reference

1. British Nutrition Foundation, 2016, NHS, 2020

2. Adda Bjarnadottir, MS, RDN (Ice) — Medically reviewed by Kathy W. Warwick, R.D., CDE — Updated on June 26, 2020 [ ]

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