Sugar is a refined carbohydrate, and contributes energy to our diet, but no nutrients.

For these reasons and concerns about the increasing rates of obesity, the World Health Organisation recommends that free sugars only make up 10% of our total energy intake. Free sugars include sugars added to foods and drinks, and sugars naturally present in honey and syrups, and fruit juices. ‘Trendy’ sugars including rice malt syrup, rapidura, coconut sugar and agave nectar are still sugars.

When choosing foods for you and your family choose foods that are minimally processed. For many foods (e.g. breakfast cereal) lower sugar options are available and are a better choice. Other foods, like fruit juice and sweet biscuits, are naturally higher in sugar and it is best to choose these less often and in small amounts.