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what are added sugars

Added sugars are sugar carbohydrates (caloric sweeteners) added to food and beverages during their production (industrial processing).This type of sugar is chemically indistinguishable from naturally occurring sugars, but the term “added sugar” has become increasingly used in nutrition and medicine to help identify foods characterized by added energy

Added sugars have no nutritional value, only adding “empty calories”.Consumption of added sugar is positively correlated with high calorie intake, and through it, with excess weight and obesity.Added sugars are also known as extrinsic, with naturally occurring sugars known as intrinsic

The consumption of added sugars has been positively associated with multiple measures known to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease for adolescents as well as adults. Added sugars are also a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as increase in body weight and obesity