Sugars and the body
Sugars are an important source of energy that we all need to go about our daily lives.Read More
You might be surprised to know that, apart from fibre, sugar has no more calories than any other ingredient. On a gram for gram basis, sugars and starch, as well as protein, contain similar amounts of calories, while fat actually contains more than twice as many. So products with ‘reduced sugars’ or ‘no added sugars’ are not necessarily lower in calories compared to the original product.
The reason for this is say a manufacturer reduces the amount of sugar in a biscuit or cake, a product that also contains fat. This often results in fat then making up a higher proportion of the total product weight. Because fat contains twice as many calories as sugar, the new product containing less sugar could actually contain more calories per 100g than the original!