Importance of limiting added sugar


All sugar, natural or processed, is a simple carbohydrate that your body uses to provide energy. Fruits, vegetables and dairy foods naturally contain sugar.

"Added sugar" refers to sugar and syrup added to food during processing. Desserts, bubble tea, energy and sports drinks are the main sources of added sugar, but many other foods also contain added sugar.

Foods that contain a lot of added sugar will add extra calories to your diet but have little nutritional value. In addition, added sugar is often found in foods that contain solid fats, such as butter or margarine, or shortening in baked goods.

By limiting the amount of added sugar in your diet, you can cut calories without damaging nutrients. In fact, cutting back on added sugar makes it easier to get the nutrients you need without exceeding your calorie target

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