What is added sugar?
Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include natural sugars found in milk and fruits.
Most of us eat and drink too many added sugars from the following foods:
- beverages, such as regular soft drinks, energy or sports drinks, fruit drinks, sweetened coffee and tea
- cookies and brownies
- pies and cobblers
- sweet rolls, pastries and donuts
- ice cream and dairy desserts
- sugars, jams, syrups and sweet toppings
Reading the ingredient label on packaged foods can help to identify added sugars. Here are some common names for sugar to look out for:
Even natural sugars such as honey and maple syrup count as added sugars and should be eaten in limited amounts.
How to eat less added sugar
If you currently eat a lot of the foods listed above, don't worry! You don't have to immediately cut them all out of your daily eating habits. Instead focus on one meal or snack at a time. Do you often have something sugary as an afternoon snack? Could you swap it out for something with less sugar, like a piece of fruit? If you like to eat baked goods such as cakes and pies, try making a lower sugar version.