Golden Penny White Sugar Cubes 500 g x90 provide a source of energy in our diet.
Sugar is a term that includes all sweet carbohydrates. The body breaks down carbohydrates into simple sugars such as glucose, that can be readily used in your body.
There are several different sugars. Sugars occur naturally in some foods, such as fruit and dairy products, and are also added to many types of foods. Sugar can take many different forms, including white, raw, or brown sugar, honey, or corn syrup.
Remember that too much sugar in your diet can make your diet high in kilojoules or ‘energy dense’ and can contribute to health problems like obesity, diabetes and tooth decay. Refined sugar provides a quick, simple source of energy, but it doesn’t contain other nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.
A ‘moderate’ intake of refined sugar is an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Experts define a moderate intake as about 10% of your total energy intake per day. People who consume a lot of sugary food and drinks are taking in a lot of ‘empty calories.
The World Health Organisation developed evidence-based recommendations on the intake of sugars to reduce the risk of disease risk in adults and children, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of unhealthy weight gain and dental caries (decay):
- WHO recommends a reduced intake of free sugars throughout the life course (strong recommendation).
- In both adults and children, WHO recommends reducing the intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake (strong recommendation).
- WHO suggests a further reduction of the intake of free sugars to below 5% of total energy intake (conditional recommendation).
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