How sugar is used
There’s more to sugar than meets the eye There’s a lot more to sugar than putting a teaspoonful in your...Read More
Sugar is a natural ingredient that has been part of our diet for thousands of years. Sugars are carbohydrates that provide energy for the body. The most common sugar in the body is glucose which your brain, major organs and muscles need to function properly. Some sugars are found naturally in foods (e.g. fruit, vegetables and milk) while others are used during processing and cooking – find out more on how sugars are used here. The body does not distinguish between the different types of sugar and breaks them down in exactly the same way. For example, the sucrose in an apple is broken down in exactly the same way as the sucrose in your sugar bowl.
The most common kinds of sugars
Sugars in your kitchen cupboard
There are of course lots of different sugars that you’ll find in your kitchen cupboard too. They are all forms of sucrose and include:
Have you ever wondered where sugar comes from? Head to our how sugar is made page.