Know Your Sugar!

Updated: Jul 8, 2021




Sugar is very much seen as evil or toxic these days. Everyone is trying to eliminate sugar from their diet in one way or another. However, did you know that sugars or carbohydrates are broken down in the body to glucose and used as a preferred source of energy? The brain is one organ that is heavily reliant on glucose. This does not mean you have a free ticket to consume copious amounts of lollies, chocolate, soft drink or cake, what it does mean though is that there is no need to quit sugar altogether or severely restrict your intake. The important point to remember when it comes to sugar is getting the balance right! Too much sugar may be associated with obesity and tooth decay and too little sugar can leave you feeling tired, lethargic and in females can affect your hormones.


The World Health Organisation has released guidelines on sugar consumption, which states that we should consume no more than 5 teaspoons of added sugar per day. Now the key word here is ‘added’. This does not include natural sugars found in dairy and fruit – both important food groups in a balanced diet, however you should still be mindful of your intake of these sugars.

Read on to learn more about the different types of sugars.


Sucrose

Also known as ‘table sugar’, sucrose is a combination of glucose and fructose. It is commonly added to tea, coffee, and used in baking. It is also the type of sugar added to soft drinks, breakfast cereals and other processed packaged foods. It is the main component of brown sugar, golden syrup, molasses and maple syrup. Reducing your intake of sucrose will do wonders for your weight, waistline and those pearly whites!


Glucose

Found naturally in sweet fruits, such as grapes and berries. Glucose is half as sweet as sucrose and is added in some c