"Sugar" in PediaSmart

PediaSmart® Dairy contain 31 grams of carbohydrate per 8 fluid ounce serving when prepared according to label instructions. As an ingredient, “sugar” means table sugar or sucrose obtained from sugar beets or sugar cane. In the ingredient section of a label, “sugar” will always mean sucrose. One of the two carbohydrate sources in PediaSmart® is organic evaporated cane syrup. This results in PediaSmart® vanilla containing 14 grams of sucrose, or “sugar” per an 8 fluid ounce serving. The other source of carbohydrate in both flavors of PediaSmart® is organic rice maltodextrin which is primarily a complex carbohydrate.

In the Nutrition Facts Panel for PediaSmart® Dairy, one serving of PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla contains 31 grams of carbohydrate of which “sugars” are 14 grams. US labeling laws require a manufacturer to show not only the total carbohydrate but also the “sugars” content in a serving of the food when there is a Nutrition Facts Panel on the label. In the Nutrition Facts Panel of a label, “sugars” refer to all monosaccharides and disaccharides, not just to sucrose or sugar. Examples of a monosaccharide are glucose, fructose, and galactose. Examples of a disaccharide are sucrose, lactose, and maltose. The “sugars” in PediaSmart® are primarily maltose and sucrose with a small amount of lactose; however, the level of lactose is low enough to legally label the product as lactose free.

PediaSmart® Soy Vanilla contains 31 grams of carbohydrate per 8 fluid ounce serving of which 17 grams are “sugars” as noted on the Nutrition Facts Panel. These “sugars” are primarily sucrose, maltose and glucose.

The organic rice maltodextrin is a bland tasting carbohydrate, is one-fifth as sweet as sucrose, and provides minimal sweetness to PediaSmart®. Organic rice maltodextrin is made from organic whole rice using a natural hydrolysis process without the use of acids, alkalis or sulfites. The organic evaporated cane syrup has a higher sweetness level than organic rice maltodextrin, but offers the benefit of being organic and not highly processed like table sugar or corn syrup. This combination of organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane syrup gives PediaSmart® it’s pleasant, but not too sweet, flavor.

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