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By: Press on November 19th, 2018

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How Sweet Is It? Americans Consume 30 Grams of Sugar at Thanksgiving Dinner, Before Dessert

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Americans are cutting back on sugars: nearly half of consumers (47 percent) reported planning to eat less sugar or buy more 'no sugar added' products this year. Yet, a trip around the Thanksgiving table shows that hidden sugars are piling up, long before the pumpkin pie.

Label Insight, the market leader for transparency, analyzed its product and ingredient database to find how much sugar a typical Thanksgiving dinner plate would contain. Findings showed that people consume about 30 grams of sugar when they have a single serving of salad dressing, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, dinner roll and turkey – well before dessert. To put that into context, the American Heart Association recommends a limit of 24 grams for women and 36 grams for men per day.

Label Insight identified the top 5 culprits for hidden, added sugar at the Thanksgiving table:

#1 Cranberry Sauce

Every cranberry sauce product in the Label Insight database includes added sugar and on average contains 21 grams of sugar.

#2 Salad Dressings

Of the more than 4,200 salad dressings in the Label Insight database, 91 percent contain added sugar. For a two-tablespoon serving size, there can be as much as 24 grams of sugar. Women can reach a full day’s recommended amount of sugar in just one serving of salad dressing.

#3 Dinner Rolls

There are 542 dinner roll products in the Label Insight database and 89 percent contain added sugar. On average, dinner roll products contain over 2.5 grams of sugar per serving. Hawaiian rolls average twice that amount.

#4 Stuffing and Stuffing Mix

There are 689 stuffing products in the Label Insight database and 96 percent contain added sugar. On average, stuffing products contain about 2.5 grams of sugar per serving.

#5 Gravy and Gravy Mix

There are nearly 700 gravy products in the Label Insight database and 91 percent contain added sugar. On average, gravy products contain 1 gram of sugar per serving.

“As a registered dietitian, it’s alarming how much sugar can be found in our diets even in seemingly innocuous or healthy foods, and Thanksgiving dinner is no exception,” said Thea Bourianne, solutions consultant for Label Insight and registered dietitian. “By reading ingredient information on product labels and using options like SmartLabel™, consumers can be better informed and empowered to make healthy choices.”