Food health-rating labels failing to reveal added sugars, study finds
Updated July 25, 2017 08:53:38
Seven out of 10 packaged foods contain added sugar that is not clearly identified by nutrition labels, according to new research.
Professor Bruce Neal from the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney reviewed more than 34,000 packaged foods with health-star ratings.
These are the voluntary front-of-pack labels, designed to help people make healthier choices.
But health experts said naturally occurring sugars found in fruits, vegetables and dairy were treated the same as sugars added during food processing.
“Good sugars are an integral part of a healthy diet and we need to be able to separate sugars naturally present in dairy, fruits and vegetables from sugars added during manufacturing,” Professor Neal said.
“Australians …