Our expert says:
Table sugar as such is not critical to a healthy diet and as long as individuals eat sufficient carbohydrates (starches, vegetables and fruit) they can do well without adding table sugar to their diets. For economically disadvantaged people who eat a very basic diet consisting of only one or two staple foods (maize meal porridge or bread), sugar and sweetened foods such as jam can help to relieve the monotony of these diets and add some extra energy. Sportsmen and women who are extremely active and need a very high energy intake, can also use sugar and sweetened foods to boost their energy intake. It is, however, not necessary for people who are eating an energy-reduced diet to cut out all sugar, because sugar can also make a low-fat, energy-reduced diet more palatable and increase compliance. Moderation is the key!
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