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Sugar is found in many foods, both naturally or added. Foods that naturally contain sugar, such as vegetables, fruit and milk, also contain important nutrients for health. Sugar provides energy (calories) but no other nutritional value on its own.
Sugars are often added to foods to improve their flavour, colour, texture and shelf-life. Sugar comes in many forms: white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, maple syrup and corn sweeteners. It may be listed on the ingredient listing on food labels as: glucose, fructose, dextrose, maltose or sucrose. If any of these sugars are listed as the first or second ingredient on a food label, the food is likely high in sugar.
How much sugar should we eat?
There is no specific amount of sugar recommended as part of a healthy diet. However, Canada's Food Guide recommends eating foods lower in sugar to help limit extra calories in the diet. Foods that are high in added sugar include:
Foods that naturally contain sugar such as vegetables, fruit and milk should be included in a healthy diet in the quantities recommended in Canada's Food Guide.
Last reviewed March 2011.
Last modified February 2012.