you & sugar

Welcome to the “You & Sugar” site,
dedicated to providing you with accurate information about sugar.

As there is much discussion about sugar, this site offers science-based facts
so that you are well equipped to make informed decisions for you and your family.

The information has been reviewed by registered dietitians.

what is sugar?

Sugar is a carbohydrate and it is present in fruit, vegetables, sugarcane and sugar beet plants. Sugar is pure, it has no additives nor preservatives.

Sugar is a source of energy and is converted into glucose just as sugar from fruit and vegetables is turned into glucose.

There are many different types of sugars such as lactose which is found in milk and dairy products and maltose found in malted drinks and beer.

South Africa produces high quality sugar (sucrose), and you may find many types on your supermarket shelf. You may be most familiar with white and brown sugar.

Many people may believe that brown sugar is healthier, however nutritionally speaking, brown sugar and white sugar are not much different. Brown and white sugar may taste a little different but they are both sucrose. Both have an energy content of 16.8kJ (4 calories) per gram and are processed by the body in the same way to become glucose.

you, food & sugar

it adds a little sweetness

We may add sugar for a little sweetness to our tea or coffee, but did you know that sugar plays an important role in food production, preparation, cooking and baking?

it makes it tastier

Let’s look at the functional properties of sugar that includes taste, increasing the quality of our diets, how it is necessary to make a variety of food, and its uses in cooking and baking.

it’s found in plants

Sugar is pure and is found in fruit and vegetables, sugarcane and sugar beet plants. Sugar is difficult to replace in food production.

  • it adds a little sweetness

    We may add sugar for a little sweetness to our tea or coffee, but did you know that sugar plays an important role in food production, preparation, cooking and baking?

     
  • it makes it tastier

    Let’s look at the functional properties of sugar that includes taste, increasing the quality of our diets, how it is necessary to make a variety of food, and its uses in cooking and baking.

     
  • it's found in plants

    Sugar is pure and is found in fruit and vegetables, sugarcane and sugar beet plants. Sugar is difficult to replace in food production.

     

you, life & sugar

part of our lives

Sugar has been part of our lives for centuries and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.

glucose into energy

Our body is designed to use glucose as the preferred source of energy and is the only source of energy for the brain.

your child and sugar

A healthy and nutritious diet will give a child the best start in life.

part of our lives

Sugar has been part of our lives for centuries and can be enjoyed as part of a healthy balanced lifestyle.

glucose into energy

Our body is designed to use glucose as the preferred source of energy and in fact it is essential for athletes who require peak performance.

your child and sugar

A healthy and nutritious diet will give a child the best start in life.

you, health & sugar

A healthy lifestyle includes eating a variety of foods, physical exercise and maintaining a healthy body weight.

obesity

There is an association between obesity and lifestyle diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way a person’s body uses blood glucose (blood sugar).

oral health

Oral health is the health of your teeth, gums, tongue and mouth. Oral health care is an important part of overall health care.

food addiction

There is currently no strong evidence that one becomes addicted to chemical substances in foods.

you, diet & sugar

Healthy eating, or a balanced diet, means eating a variety of foods to supply nutrients our bodies need.  All food groups should be included.

Let’s look at the different foods within these food groups, to make up a balanced diet.

Carbohydrates, or starchy foods, are usually the staple foods for families in South Africa. They contribute most of our food energy. These foods are generally inexpensive and help to satisfy our appetite. Starchy foods include bread, rice, samp, porridge, cereals and pasta.

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