Low Sugar Jam

Low Sugar Jam

January 31, 2017   9 Comments

It is far from easy to pick a low sugar jam if you don’t like Stevia.

I am not a fan of Stevia or artificial sweeteners because I don’t like the taste. I would prefer to find a brand that simply has less sugar. You can make your own jam without additional sugar because of a product called No-Sugar Needed Pectin see – sugar free strawberry jam.

But what if you don’t have time to make your own jam? I think it is more than reasonable to want to buy it off the shelf since the supermarket is STOCKED with a ridiculous number of different varieties.

A few years ago, I dove into this topic in How to Pick A Healthy Jam or Jelly and I thought I would go back and see what else I could find.

I decided to look at strawberry jam because it is a personal favorite. Here are the nutrition facts on a jar of Smucker’s Strawberry Jam:

You can see it has about 12 grams of sugar for 1 tablespoon of jam. Visualize just over 2 teaspoons of sugar and you get an idea of how much is in this jam. It amazes me that it has so much sugar because a tablespoon is only 3 teaspoons. Wow!

My choice that has less sugar than regular jam is called “spreadable fruit”. Polaner All Fruit consistently has less sugar per serving than any brand on the shelf.

Here you have 7 grams of sugar for one tablespoon – one teaspoon less than the regular jam. This jar costs a little more than Smuckers regular jam but it seems worth it. Smucker’s Simply Fruit, also called spreadable fruit, has 8 grams of sugar so it is comparable (and it costs the same as Polaner).

I decided to take a look at Smucker’s Squeeze because it said “fruit spread” on the packaging. It costs half what Polaner does and I thought it looked kinda cute.

It turns out that “fruit spread” is not the same as “spreadable fruit”.

This has 12 grams of sugar – just like the regular jam – and uses high fructose corn syrup.

I think the way to keep from being fooled is if you are paying more for the product – you are most likely getting more fruit and less sugar. Does that make sense?

If you don’t want to can your own jam – but you want to make some on your own – check out my Strawberry Refrigerator Jam recipe. It is easy and uses chia seeds to make the jam thick. Yum!


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9 Comments:

I love your books and I love you. You are changing my life. Thank you!!,! Gloria

on February 1, 2017

@Gloria - I love you too. Thanks for this comment - it made my day. I believe that you are the one that is doing the hard work of changing your life. Lisa

on February 1, 2017

I tried your strawberry chia seed jam recipe, terrific!

on February 1, 2017

The best choice is actually Trader Joes Organic reduced sugar Strawberry preserves. A 1 Table spoon serving is only 30 calories and 6 grams of sugar!! The ingredients: Organic Strawberries, Organic sugar, water, fruit pectin, calcium chloride and citric acid. NOTHING ARTIFICIAL!! I sure do LOVE Trader Joes :)

on February 1, 2017

I'll second the vote on Trader Joe's!!
I just watched an America's Test Kitchen episode on jams. Guess which one the taste testing audience liked the most? Smuckers -- the one with the most sugar! Is anyone surprised? Even the host said hfcs isn't as good as the sugar-laden one. I enjoy jam and preserves but think of it more like a treat - something I'll get when we have breakfast in a restaurant - rather than keep it in the house. I'd rather have a mini candy bar for all that sugar. :)

on February 1, 2017

Smuckers has Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves that are fabulous! They have no artificial sweeteners and only 5 gms sugar/serving.

on February 1, 2017

Thanks for the info! I also can't get past the artificial sweetener taste, but sure enjoy a little sweet taste now and then. Enjoying the Snack Girl suggestions, and using the Rescue book.

on February 1, 2017

I buy the HEB More Fruit Fruit Spread (store brand). 6 grams of sugar, no artificial sweeteners. Our favorite is Cherry & Blueberry, and the grandson loves it in a PB&J sandwich!

on February 1, 2017

I'm willing to use stevia or sucralose if it means lower WW SmartPoints. Any 0 SP jam recommendations out there?

on February 1, 2017


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