Nutrition cause


Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food.

A great expansion in its production took place in the 18th century with the establishment of sugar plantations in the West Indies and Americas. This was the first time that sugar became available to the common people, who had previously had to rely on honey to sweeten foods.

Risk Factor
2 effects
Measured in g


Since the latter part of the twentieth century, it has been questioned whether a diet high in sugars, especially refined sugars, is good for human health. Sugar has been linked to obesity, and suspected of, or fully implicated as a cause in the occurrence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, macular degeneration, and tooth decay.

Related to Sugar

Sugar Health Risks


Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Pancreatic cancer Digestive outcome

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome

Strong Increase

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Gout Urinary outcome

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study