There are no recommended daily intake levels for sugar, and this is because sugar has no nutrition value.

Sugar simply affects taste and calorie level. Grams of sugar are included in the total grams of carbohydrate on the food label.

People who have diabetes should avoid foods that are high in sugar and have a lot of added sugars. These types of food can cause your blood sugars to spike and then fall rapidly and inhibit good glucose control.

To determine if a food item has added sugar, look for ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, syrup, molasses and glucose on the food label.


Back to the food label

Do you have sugar smarts? Check our sugar survival guide.

Ask a Question

Get answers from our experts and community members.

View all questions (2413) >