The food label on foods or drinks contains information on the ingredients that were used to manufacture the food or drink as well as a nutritional information table that gives the nutritional value of that food or drink.
Product ingredients are listed by quantity, from the highest to lowest amount. That means that the first listed ingredient is what the manufacturer used the most of. A good rule of thumb is to scan the first three ingredients, because they are the largest part of what you’re eating or drinking.
Sugar comes in many forms and with many names. Look at the ingredient list on the food label for names such as: sugar, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice concentrates, sucrose, glucose, honey, invert sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, sucrose, syrup or cane sugar.
Look at the table with the nutritional information on the food label. Find the words: ‘Total sugar’ and see how much sugar in grams are indicated next to it. The container has to indicate the nutritional information per 100 ml and may also include it per serving size. It is important to note the amount per serving size is set by the manufacturer, and may differ from what you typically drink.
To calculate the number of teaspoons of sugar, divide the number of grams of total sugar by 4. For example: If a 500 ml drink has 60 grams of sugar, divide 60 by 4. That equals 15 teaspoons of sugar!