What Sugar Does To Your Body



Sugar occurs naturally in such foods as fruits and milk. However, soft drinks contain 

added sugars like corn syrup and sucrose, which make them calorie-dense but nutrient-sparse. These added sugars, also called “free sugars”,  are easily converted to fat, contributing to weight gain and obesity. 

Because they are easily absorbed by the body, free sugars lead to blood sugar spikes. These set off damaging metabolic effects that can lead to high blood pressure and inflammation, significantly increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease. 

A 50cl soft drink can contain up to 12 cubes of sugar. The World Health Organization 

recommends limiting the “intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total” calories, and, for even greater benefits, “limit free sugars intake to less than 5% of total energy intake.” *

*World Health Organization. Guidance Summary. Reducing free sugars intake in adults and children.


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