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Do you have questions about sugar and healthy eating? Read on to learn how to make healthy choices when it comes to sugar and sweet foods.
Sugar is a type of carbohydrate. It breaks down in the body to become a source of energy called glucose. There are two categories of sugar found in foods:
No. Foods like fruit and milk are nutritious and are part of a healthy eating plan.
Yes. Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting food and drinks that are high in added sugar.
Sugar is added to food and drinks like:
The Nutrition Facts Table lists total sugars only. It does not show naturally occurring and added sugars separately.
Below are other names for added sugar. If these names are listed in the first few ingredients on a food package, the food is likely high in added sugar. Naturally occurring sugars are not listed in the ingredient list.
Hint: Ingredients ending in "ose" are likely sugars.
Added sugars like honey and agave are no healthier than other types of added sugar.
Yes. To prevent cavities, eat sugary foods with meals and then brush your teeth. If you can’t brush your teeth right away, eat an apple or chew a piece of sugarless gum. The saliva you make when chewing gum helps to wash some of the sugar off your teeth.
Here are some great tips for reducing the sugar content of the foods you cook and bake.
Foods like fruit and milk that have naturally occurring sugar are nutritious and are part of a healthy eating plan. Canada’s Food Guide recommends limiting food and drinks that are high in added sugar. Added sugars like honey and agave are no healthier than white sugar and brown sugar. Look at the Nutrition Facts Panel and the ingredient list to compare products and choose foods will less sugar.
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