The Healthy Star Rating is tricking you

Supermarket products with a high Health Star Rating, but most contain high levels of sugar per serving. Picture: Nathan Edwards

NEW analysis has found seven out of 10 packaged foods sold on Australian supermarket shelves contain added sugar, all of which isn’t clearly declared on the front of packaging.

Soft drinks, cakes, pies, ice cream, pastries and processed meats are the worst offenders. On average they contain four times more added sugar than plain cereals or oats.

The findings of the analysis from the George Institute for Global Health at the University of NSW, published in the journal Nutrients, have led to calls for manufacturers to declare the amount of added sugar on the packaging.

“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,” said the Institute’s Professor Bruce Neal.

‘‘Added sugars are empty calories and a major contributing

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