Sugar is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in many foods, such as fruits and vegetables. The body breaks down carbohydrates to make glucose, which it requires for energy and healthy functioning.

Added sugars are sugars in foods that are not naturally occurring. The body requires no added sugars to function properly. Many people consume too much sugar from drinks and foods that contain added sugar.

Too much sugar can cause a range of serious health problems, including diabetes, dementia, and obesity.