Sugar is a carbohydrate that provides the body with the energy that our organs and muscles need to function.

Sugars, whether ‘added’ to foods or ‘naturally occurring’ in fruits or vegetables, deliver the same amount of calories (4 kcal/g) and are digested in the same way.

Sugar has its place in a sustainable and balanced diet as part of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Any effect of sugar on weight gain is purely due to the consumption of excess calories and not a specific effect of sugar consumption per se.

To tackle obesity, energy balance is key. Preventing obesity requires balancing calorie intake with energy expenditure.

Reducing products’ overall calorie content should therefore be the priority.


There are many myths and questions about sugar. We've collected the most common ones in our frequently asked questions section.