Building blocks of food - Sugar
Sugars are simple carbohydrates. Like all carbohydrates, they provide a source of energy in our diet. The body rapidly breaks down sugars into glucose, which can be readily used in the body. The common naturally occuring sugars are sucrose, fructose, lactose and maltose. Sugars are also added to a wide variety of processed foods because they provide taste, color, bulk and thickness to food products. Foods high in added sugar are digested more rapidly, and cause a larger, faster increase in blood sugar. Hence, only a ?moderate? intake of added sugar can be an acceptable part of a healthy diet. Too much added sugar in the diet can contribute to health problems.