Sugar is both the white crystalline substance that we know as sugar and use to sweeten our tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits, and a basic element in starchy food.
It is deliciously sweet, addictive and it is difficult to avoid the temptation to have more of it. People develop a strong taste and craving for it from a very young age.
If the amount of sugar we consume is over the limit, it can have serious consequences for our health and well-being. The damage sugar causes to the human body includes dental deterioration such as tooth cavities, bleeding gums, loss of teeth, failure of bone structure, chronic fatigue, anxiety, irritability, hyperactivity, depression, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.
I am not trying to scare you off sugar altogether; the fact is that our bodies need it in some form to function properly. But too much of anything is dangerous to health. Be responsible for your health.