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What Is Added Sugar?

Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared.

Too much added sugar might lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. All sugars, whether natural or processed, is a type of simple carbohydrate your body uses for energy. Sugars add calories without adding nutrients.

FDA´s Definition Of Added Sugars

FDA’s definition of added sugars are sugars that are either added during the processing of foods or are packaged as such. (source 🗗)

No Nutritional Benefit From Eating Sugar

There is no nutritional need or benefit that comes from eating added sugar. Your body doesn’t need added sugar. Unfortunately, many foods, like breakfast foods, ready-to-eat cereals, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, and pastries, can contain high amounts of added sugars. (source 🗗)

Added sugars have different names:

  • Brown sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Honey
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltose
  • Molasses
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose

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Sara Niemelä

co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator


I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family. Nutrition is my passion. I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies. Nutrition is the foundation you build a healthy and fulfilling life upon!