Sugar is found in many foods. It can be naturally occurring in nutritious foods such as milk, fruits and vegetables, as well as in fruit and vegetable juices. Sugar is also added to various foods to enhance flavour, improve colour and texture or preserve them longer.
Sugar comes in many forms:
Sugar is also found in foods that have the following names in their list of ingredients: glucose, fructose, dextrose, maltose or sucrose.
Sugar is mainly added to sweetened beverages, cakes, cookies, chocolate, candy, some granola bars, some flavoured yoghurts and other processed products.
Added sugar provides calories and has no nutritional benefit. It is also associated with the onset of many health problems, like tooth decay and diabetes.
It is therefore recommended that you limit your daily intake of sugar. According to the World Health Organization, an average adult should consume no more than 12 tsp of sugar daily and, ideally, not exceed 6 tsp. For example, an adult who drinks one can of soft drink a day exceeds these recommendations. A 355 mL can of soft drink contains up to 10 tsp of added sugar.
To reduce your sugar intake, follow these tips:
Last update: November 29, 2016 1:08 PM
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