New research claims hidden sugar in supposedly healthy snacks

29 May 2015        

Sugar New research released has revealed the high amounts of hidden sugar in supposedly healthy snacks targeted at children.

Our Senior Dietitian, Victoria Taylor, explains that it is not always easy to identify healthy food options and that is why we need clear colour coding on the front of food packaging.

The research

The research, released by Action on Sugar, shows that of the ‘healthy’ fruit snack products surveyed, including Fruit Bowl Fruit Flakes Raspberry Rush (25g), The Fruit Factory Sports Mix-Ups (5x18g) and Whitworths Sunny Raisin Coated Custard Raisins (25g); over three quarters (85%) contain more sugars than Haribo Starmix (47g/100g) confectionary per 100g – with some containing over 4 teaspoons per portion.

Almost all (99%) of the products would receive a ‘red’ colour coded warning on the label for high sugars per 100g.  

Victoria Taylor, our Senior Dietitian, explains: “Across the board we are eating more sugar than is recommended and it’s not always easy to tell which foods are the healthy options. 

“Things that we might assume to be a healthy choice can still come with high amounts of sugar, salt and saturated fat. 

“That’s why it is so important that we have clear, colour coded front of pack information on all foods so that busy parents can make the right decisions about the food they buy for their family.”

Your Heart Matters

Find out more information about the sugar in food in our Heart Matters magazine. There are lots of useful articles including six things you didn’t know about sugar and surprisingly sugary foods

We also have lots of advice on guidance available online about the small things you can do to improve your heart health, take a look at our ten minute guide to eating well to help you make healthier choices in your diet.