Why you need to read the labels?!

I was previously a fan of this Moroccan Spiced Butternut & Couscous Salad from M&S. I thought I was being so healthy but turns out it’s not that healthy at all. There’s 21.3g sugar in this pack. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not the worst of them but it is bad when you think you’re being healthy but actually 21.3g sugar means there’s more than 5 teaspoons of sugar. That’s almost your whole daily intake! So the moral is that sugar is not just in obvious foods, it’s in salads too!


There are other salads that have about 1-2g of sugar in them. So it just takes a simple change and reading the labels to know what you’re actually putting into your body.


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Jenny Conlon is a broadcast, freelance journalist, writer and fashion and entertainment critic. Her work has featured on the RTÉ. fashion and entertainments website. She has assisted production of RTÉ's Morning Ireland and The Business. Jenny produced and presented a weekly fashion and entertainment show Girls Talk Back on 103.2 Dublin City Fm and was Newsreader and Editor of the newsroom. Her work continues to feature in Irish publications such as The Irish Tatler, U magazine and The Dubliner. Jenny completed her Masters in International Journalism in 2009. She is looking forward to a jam packed 2012 where she will continue broadcasting and writing and being inspired. She will be modelling for a high street fashion shoot and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.....

6 thoughts on “Why you need to read the labels?!

  1. The butternut squash has a lot of natural sugar in it. Were the sugars simple sugars or complex sugars? Just curious. It looks delicious. I love butternut squash.


    1. Well I understand that but I think any processed foods have this added sugar to make it last longer. I eat butternut squash too! But I make it myself! It’s also a natural diuretic! Thanks for your comment! 🙂


  2. Thanx for following my blog. Coincidentally, I just decided to give up sugar for a year, starting today. I was going to start yesterday, but I just discovered there was hidden sugar in the organic salsa I ate last night. I’ll post more about it soon. I’m happy to follow your blog as well. Cheers! 🙂 Jane


    1. Hi Jane, aw that’s so lovely thanks! I know it’s so hard to avoid sugar at the start but you get to grips with it fairly rapidly!! It’s not until you start reading labels that you actually discover what you’re eating! Best of luck and I’ll catch up on your blog! Thanks for following me and reading too! Jenny x


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