The health costs of a sweet tooth
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Sugar occurs naturally in foods such as fruit, milk and vegetables. But it’s also added to most of the packaged food we eat – cookies, soft drinks, candy, cakes, pastries and other sweet treats – as well as non-sweet options like sauces and condiments.
Food and drinks with added sugar have lots of calories but usually contain few nutrients – and they don’t help you feel full for long.
There are many types of sugar. If you see any of these names on a list of ingredients, you’ll know you’re eating sugar:
agave nectar, brown sugar, buttered syrup, dextrose, cane sugar, evaporated cane juice, fruit juice, lactose, galactose, maltose, raw sugar, Demerara sugar, honey, ethyl maltol, icing sugar, white sugar, date sugar, glucose, corn syrup solids, cane juice extract, fructose, carob syrup, fruit purée, maple syrup, maltodextrin, molasses, golden syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, Turbinado sugar, treacle.
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Sugary drinks have little or no health benefits, but Canadians sure drink a lot of them. In fact, sugary drinks are the single greatest contributor of sugar in our diets!
Sugary drinks include:
- pop or soft drinks
- energy and sports drinks
- flavoured waters
- sweetened coffees and teas
- flavoured milk
- drinkable yogurt
- fruit drinks
- 100% fruit juice