Digesting The Label is a series that takes a look at what exactly is in the food that we're buying and eating from a nutritional standpoint. Every two weeks, we'll examine a food and help determine whether or not it's all it's cut out to be .. or in some cases, even better for us than we thought. This week, we're looking at added sugar in jams and fruit spreads.
As we say goodbye to summer, it's time to start thinking about comfort food and preserving all of our favourite summer fruit. The time to make and eat jam is now, but if you don't have the hours or inclination to make your own batch, you can always pick up a jar at your local grocery store.
With so many fruits come many different types of jam mixes. Jam is typically made with sugar and fruits (with seeds or without), but you can also find vegetable jam as well. And while you can find plenty of jars without any sugar added, sometimes the most popular — and let's face it, sweetest — jars are the ones we go to first.
This week we took a look at popular jam brands that range from classics like strawberry to mixed spreads with multiple fruit. This week, each serving size is one tablespoon, which is about 15 to 20 mgs. And because sugar can mean anything from white sugar to natural fruit sugar to cane sugar, we listed the main type of sugar you're consuming (keep in mind all fruit has natural sugar in it as well).
Did your favourite jar of store-bought jam make the list? Let us know in the comments below.