New knowledge has discovered that honey may be as much as 86% free sugars (i.e. any sugars added to meals or drink derived from fruit juice, honeys or syrups) whereas maple syrup may be manufactured from 88% free sugars. This knowledge comes from a survey by Motion on Sugar at Queen Mary College of London, which analysed a complete of 223 honeys, sugars and syrups, all extensively accessible in UK supermarkets. The outcomes of this imply that customers may nonetheless be including extreme quantities of honey and syrups to foods and drinks merchandise believing them to be ‘wholesome alternate options’ to desk sugar, not realizing there are nearly as a lot sugars in them as in desk sugar. Desk sugar refers to sucrose, a disaccharide of glucose and fructose, it’s generally produced from refining sugar from sugar cane and sugar beet.Even supposing the official definition of free sugars places honey and syrups in the identical class as desk sugar, shoppers are nonetheless probably being misled by way of claims on packaging that suggest honey and different sorts of free sugars are more healthy alternate options to desk sugar.Motion on Sugar is looking as we speak for the Secretary of State for Well being, Matt Hancock MP, to mandate clearer labelling in his upcoming inexperienced paper on prevention, and for Public Well being England (PHE) to create wider schooling for shoppers by way of its nationwide Change4Life programme about different sugar variants reminiscent of honey and syrups added to merchandise and their contribution to most sugar consumption (30g/day max per grownup or round seven teaspoons).“It’s disappointing that firms boast about merchandise containing honey, realizing that honey and syrups are almost as excessive in sugars as desk sugar,” stated Dr Kawther Hashem, Marketing campaign Lead at Motion on Sugar based mostly at Queen Mary College of London. “The quantity added is commonly actually small (1 or 2g) whereas the primary sweetening ingredient continues to be different high-sugar syrups and desk sugar (25g). That is to mislead prospects into pondering the merchandise are more healthy and higher than they are surely. Our recommendation is to at all times go for much less sweetness through the use of much less sugar, syrups and honey.”Shoppers are being warned that the proof across the supposed well being advantages of honey is restricted. There aren’t any accredited well being and diet claims for honey. The Nationwide Institute for Well being and Care Excellence and PHE discovered there was solely sufficient proof from randomised managed trials to counsel honey diminished signs of acute cough in kids and younger folks, nonetheless, it was famous in these pointers that honey continues to be a sugar and might contribute to tooth decay.Obligatory front-of-pack labelling, clearly outlining the sugars from free sugars and their contribution to our most sugar consumption is significant. Motion on Sugar discovered merchandise offered in supermarkets boast the addition of honey of their product descriptions – usually deceptive shoppers into pondering they’re a more healthy possibility – but include as much as 25 occasions extra desk sugar or different syrups than honey.It isn’t simply in supermarkets that these complicated messages are being given to prospects. Fashionable so-called more healthy syrups and sugar alternate options (agave syrup and brown or coconut sugar for instance) are sometimes promoted as more healthy choices in impartial espresso retailers too.Furthermore lots of the main cafes promote honey as a part of their ‘wholesome’ porridge providing, which continues to be contributing to an individual’s most free sugars consumption.