Sugar is a type of carbohydrate. Our bodies need carbohydrates for energy. However, eating too much sugar can lead to weight gain and tooth decay.
Where do we find sugar?
Natural sugars in foods
Fruit and milk products
High in nutrients – vitamins, minerals, fibre or calcium. We should eat these foods every day.
Sugar added to food
These foods are unhealthy and high in energy (kJ).They don't have other nutrients we need such as fibre, vitamins and minerals. We should avoid these foods.
If we choose to buy packaged food, how do know which is best?
The best choices are those low in refined or added sugar.
Some healthy foods which provide vital nutrients such as breakfast cereals and yoghurts are sweetened with naturally occurring sugar (fruit) or added sugar. When selecting breakfast cereals and yoghurt, choose those with no added sugar by checking the ingredients list. Naturally occurring sugars from milk and fruit is okay.
To know which products are high or low in sugar:
- Check the ingredients list. Sugar could be present in other forms.
- Check the nutrition information panel to compare products for sugar. Remember the sugar value does not separate added sugars and natural sugars.
To check how much sugar is in products you buy, compare numbers in the Avg Quantity per 100g column of the nutrition information panel.
|Less than 5g
||5 - 15g
||More than 15g
Other names for sugar
|Raw or Brown sugar