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Sugar is a product that is obtained from foods such as sugar beet and sugar cane
It is a naturally occurring compound that is obtained from vegetables such as the sugar beet and sugar cane.
What kind of sugar is in food?
Food can contain different types of sugars either naturally occurring as that contained in honey and fresh fruit, or refined such as: brown sugar, corn sweeteners, corn syrup, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, glucose (dextrose), honey, invert sugar, lactose, maltose, molasses, raw sugar, refined sugar (sucrose) or maple syrup, among others.
Refined sugar can be consumed in crystallized form as a sweetener in teas; as an ingredient in soft drinks, sports drinks, carbonated and soft drinks; ice cream, wine, spirits, confectionery and bakery, desserts, jams, tomato sauce, among many others.
What is sugar in our food good for?
Sugar is a source of energy that is easily and quickly assimilated, and required by the body mainly for the brain, the nervous system and the muscles.
Is excess sugar harmful?
What do nutritionists recommend?
How much sugar should be consumed daily?
Is sugar fattening?
What is liquid sugar?
What is “invisible” sugar?
It is the sugar that is present in many foods we eat daily or frequently and of which we do not have a clear perception of the exact amount we consume and/or that we do not identify as a source of sugar. For example:
A can of soda can contain the equivalent of 9.8 teaspoons of sugar (90% of the recommended daily intake of total sugar).
In industrialized fruit juice, carbohydrate content may be equivalent to up to 12 teaspoons of sugar (110% of the recommended total daily intake).
Let’s avoid excesses
Office of Nutritional Health, Food and Beverage
Ministry of Health and Social Protection