Sugars are common components of our diets, found naturally in fruits, vegetables, milk and honey. They are added to a wide range of foods and drinks, such as fruit juices, jams and marmalades, breakfast bars and cereals, sauces, soft drinks, desserts, and other sweet treats.
In addition to providing sweetness, sugars are a major source of energy. Their overconsumption has been linked with obesity and dental caries, so they are best enjoyed in moderation.
06 October 2017
Recent media headlines claim that low-fat diets could increase your risk of early death by almost one quarter. However, the coverage is based on a study that mainly looked at people in lower- and middle- income countries outside Europe, so it may not be relevant for the general European population.
02 December 2014
Fructose has undergone a lot of scrutiny recently regarding its impact on metabolic indicators of health. We looked at how fructose is metabolised and the current evidence of how this affects health...
11 May 2014
Honey is a natural ingredient used for its sweetness, energy and potential health benefits. This article explores how honey is made, describes its composition, and discusses research on its reported health effects.
28 April 2014
Food and beverage companies are reformulating foods, i.e. changing the composition of processed foods, including the reduction of sugars. However food reformulation is no simple task...
20 September 2013
The 20th edition of the International Congress of Nutrition took place in Granada, Spain, from 15th to the 20th September 2013. The European Food Information Council has interviewed a number of key scientists to create this podcast with conference highlights.
03 June 2013
Sugars are common components of modern-day diets. They are found in a wide range of foods and drinks, including fruits and fruit juices, honey, jams and marmalades, soft drinks, desserts...
30 April 2013
Glucose is a type of sugar which the brain depends on for fuel. Studies show that dips in glucose availability can have a negative impact on attention, memory and learning...
06 March 2013
The word “sugar” brings to mind the white crystals that make our lives sweeter. However, sugars are not only used as sweeteners but have important technological functions in foods...
07 November 2012
Public health policies should focus on promoting a healthy lifestyle that includes physical activity, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a moderate caloric intake, rather than targeting fructose in the diet...
31 July 2012
Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in our diet (fat and protein being the others). They exist in many forms and are mainly found in starchy foods such as bread, pasta, and rice, as well as in some beverages, e.g. fruit juices and sugar-sweetened drinks.
07 November 2011
Glucose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) found naturally in many foods. Long chains of glucose molecules linked together form starch. Fructose is also a simple sugar found in many foods and is an isomer of glucose...