27% of the best-selling products in the supermarket have as much or more sugar than Coca-Cola©

 

 

 


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According to a study carried out by El CoCo, the free application that detects the ultraprocessed and helps families choose the healthiest foods, more than half (53%) of the food products that we most buy from the Spaniards in the supermarkets contains sugars in their list of ingredients (jarabe, glucose, sugar etc.). And even more worrying: the fourth part (27%) exceeds 10g of sugar per 100g of product

“Among that list of the best-selling products there are several soft drinks or packed juices that a priori already perceive as ‘such as sugar’, but there are also others such as children’s food or yogurt that look healthy that also have very high levels of sugar,” explains Jean-Baptiste Boubault, founder of The Coco. “One in four of the products analyzed has as much sugar as Coca-Cola©, and a can of 330ml of this soda already contains 35 grams of sugar, surpassing WHO’s recommendations on almost 2 ferrets. The question is, are we aware of it by consumers?”.

 

The maximum amount of sugar recommended by WHO is 5 per cent of daily caloric intake, or approximately 25 gramsdepending on the complexion and physical activity. High consumption of sugars is related to obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, diabetes or metabolic syndrome. “Have half of the best-selling products contain one or more types of sugars, the less worrying,” says Boubault.

East pilot study by El CoCo is the first in Spain to contemplate at a quantitative level the degree of processing and the nutritional quality of the usual consumer products in the households. To this end it has analyzed the degree of processing, nutritional quality and the presence of additives and simple sugars in 124 foods corresponding to the 35 most sold high consumption brands in our country, according to the ranking Kantar Brand Footprint Spain 2018.

The products analyzed in the study areespecially, dairy (yogures, milks, smoothies, desserts such as natillas or flanks and cheeses) and meat (jamons, turkey breasts and other sausages, pork or frankfurt sausages); which represents 28% and 23% respectively on the total of those analysed. The rest are drinks (12%); bakery and pastry products (11%); cereals and cereal products (5%), such as pasta; fish (5%); and fruits and vegetables (6%), such as vegetable creams and stumbled vegetables. Finally, there are the categories “confittery” (3%) and “spicy sauces, soups, sauces, protein products” (3%) and “food products” (4%) in which chocolates, chicken soups or rice are found three delicacies, among others.

As for the amount of sugar, one of the conclusions of the study is related precisely to dairy. Up to 53% of the analyzed yogurts have more than 10g of sugar per 100g, which can be contradictory with the recommendations of taking fermented dairy due to its benefits for the intestinal microbiota, since the sugar is harmful to it. “Our objective is to raise awareness of the population so that it is aware of what it buys and what it eats, that it checks the labels and that it is not fooled by the deceptive messages of packaging and advertising.”

Another of the findings shows that most of the usual consumer products in Spanish households (64 per cent) are ultra-processed foods (Nova 4), that is, industrial products that have a minimal presence of natural ingredients and an excess of saturated fats, salt and simple sugars. On the other hand, up to 59% of the products analyzed have a low nutritional quality (letras C, D and E) according to the Nutriscore international classification system, resulting in deficits in fiber, proteins, vitamins and minerals, which are the nutrients that should be part of the daily balanced diet.

“From El CoCo we do not intend to stop delving into this problem and we will continue to make available to consumers reliable and transparent information about the products found in the supermarket. With our free mobile app it is easy to discover the nutritional quality of the products in seconds, and we continue to work to incorporate more and more products into the database and make the purchases of the Spanish safer”, concludes Boubault.

27% of the best-selling products in the supermarket have as much or more sugar than Coca-Cola©

27% of the best-selling products in the supermarket have as much or more sugar than Coca-Cola©

According to a study carried out by El CoCo, the free application that detects the ultraprocessed and helps families choose the healthiest foods, more than hal

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2023-04-11

 

27% of the best-selling products in the supermarket have as much or more sugar than Coca-Cola©
27% of the best-selling products in the supermarket have as much or more sugar than Coca-Cola©

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