Ready-Made Bread Found to Contain Excessive Levels of Sugar

      August 01, 2018 11:42

      Most mass-produced bread sold at bakeries and supermarkets contains excessive amounts of sugar, the Korea Consumer Agency said Tuesday, confirming widespread public perceptions.

      Some 30 bread samples tested by the agency contained an average of 66.9 g of sugar per loaf of bread, which is equivalent to 22 sugar cubes -- far higher than the recommended limit of 50 g of sugar in each processed food item.

      They also contained high levels of trans fat, especially those available at large franchise bakeries. Nearly all of the types being sold there, or 24 items out of 30, contained an average of 0.85 g of trans fat, compared to 0.15 g in the rest, which were manufactured by confectioners. Some of them did not carry proper nutrition labels.

      Excessive intake of trans fat can lead to not only obesity but also a number of cardiovascular diseases like heart disease and stroke.

      In the U.S., the use of trans fat in food has been reduced or restricted since June.

      The agency recommended that bakeries and other relevant industries put nutrition information on their products, and encouraged them to reduce the amount of sugar and trans fat.

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