Almost all foods contain sugar in some form – sometimes for function and sometimes for taste. Understanding the role of sugar is important to understand more about what you are consuming.

Almost all foods contain sugar in some form. Recognizing that you might have questions about sugar and how much of it is in the foods that you enjoy, this International Food Information Council Foundation fact sheet can be helpful in understanding some of the basics around sugar. IFIC also created two infographics about added sugar and added sugar labeling that may also answer some of your questions.

Chocolate and candy are transparent and fun treats and are consumed differently than other sugar-containing items. Candy is one of life’s little pleasures – it plays a small role in the diet and is an enjoyable part of many people’s lives. Most people in the U.S. enjoy chocolate and candy 2-3 times per week, averaging about 40 calories per day and about one teaspoon of added sugar per day from confectionery items.