Why are sugary foods bad for me?
Sugar is found naturally in some foods like fruits and dairy. However, during manufacturing extra sugar is added to many foods like sweetened cold drinks, sweets, biscuits and cakes, chocolates, some dairy products, and also many breakfast cereals. Our bodies don’t need sugar to function properly.
Many people enjoy sweet foods and sugary treats, but too much sugar is not good for you. When we eat too many sugary foods and drinks, it adds unnecessary kilojoules (energy) to our diet, which can lead to weight gain. This could cause you to become overweight or obese. Obesity can lead to diseases like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Can I still eat some sugary foods?
Sugary foods should be eaten as treats in small amounts and not regularly. If someone is already overweight or has diabetes, they should avoid the intake of sugar as much as possible. Sugary foods and drinks should not replace the other nutritious foods that we should eat often like fruits, veggies, nuts and unsweetened dairy.