Do we really need to quit sugar?

SUGAR consumption has always been contentious but do we really need to quit all sugars? Are other types of sugars healthier alternatives?

What is sugar?

Sugar can be a food, an ingredient and a nutrient:

  • A food stuff refined from cane — white, raw or brown crystalline disaccharide sucrose
  • An ingredient (extrinsic) or food component (intrinsic) — different monosaccharides and disaccharides, e.g. fructose, lactose, maltose or glucose
  • A nutrient — a form of carbohydrate providing 16kJ of energy per gram and often used to