Sugar is a carbohydrate (carb) and is often found naturally in food.
With Type 2 diabetes, we know sugar doesn’t directly cause it, but you are more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you are overweight. Sugary foods and drinks contain a lot of calories and you will gain weight if you eat or drink more than your body needs. Find out more about cutting down on sugar.
Recent government guidelines have recommended we all cut our ‘free sugar’ consumption by half so that only five per cent of our energy intake comes from ‘free sugar’. ‘Free sugar’ is the sugar added to fizzy drinks, biscuits and breakfast cereals, plus those naturally occurring in fruit juices, syrups and honey.