Is sugar toxic?

Posted 07 August 2014

Scientific studies have not found an adverse or “toxic” effect when sugars are consumed as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Note: The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has undertaken a scientific assessment to set a tolerable upper intake level for total/added sugar/free sugars if the available data allows it. Their draft opinion was published on 22 July 2021 for public consultation starting on this date until the 21 September 2021. This draft opinion assesses scientific evidence only and does not constitute future policy recommendations or public health guidelines (21).