What is added sugar, and why is it not healthy in food?

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What is added sugar, and why is it not healthy in food?

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Added sugar is sugar added during the making of processed food and drinks, just like you might add sugar to foods you make at home, according to the American Academy of Family PhysiciansOff Site Icon (AAFP).

It is not healthy to consume too much added sugar in foods and drinks because it can cause serious health issues, including out–of-control diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease, high triglyceride levels and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels, according to the AAFP.

For more about added sugar and its negative effects on the body, talk to your doctor.

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Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. This does not include naturally occurring sugars such as those in milk and fruits.

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Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. … Bottom Line: Sugar contains a lot of calories, with no essential nutrients. It also causes tooth decay by feeding the harmful bacteria in the mouth.

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