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Why sugar can play a part in a balanced diet

No single food or drink contains all the essential nutrients your body needs, which is why variety is key. The World Health Organization defines a healthy balanced diet (1) as including four food groups.

It is important to also make sure that the energy you take in as food and drinks (measured in calories) is balanced out by the energy you use up through physical activity.

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Sugars and the body

Sugars and the body

Sugars are an important source of energy that we all need to go about our daily lives.

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Understanding calories

Understanding calories

Calories can be important when making diet and lifestyle choices so we have explored what the term “calorie” means.

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Calorie count

Calorie count

You might be surprised to know that, apart from fibre, sugar has no more calories than any other ingredient.

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Dietary guidance

Dietary guidance

A balanced diet is about consuming the right amount of food and drink for your energy needs.

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Food labels

Food labels

Today all pre-packaged foods and drinks manufactured in Malawi must clearly display labels on the pack – this is mandatory under the Certification Marks Regulations.

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