I like sweets. I like to eat fruit and cookies and drink milkshakes and so on. But we're warned time and time again to watch your sugar intake. And not all sugar is equal. We have monosaccharides (glucose, fructose and galactose), disaccharides (sucrose and lactose) and polysaccharides (starch and glycogen). Everything I type below is to the best of my knowledge. Feel free to correct any mistakes and add any important details which may be missing. Glucose is ok, fructose is bad and most of us don't consume much galactose. Sucrose is a mixed bad because it is made up of glucose and fructose, lactose is ok because it's glucose and galactose. Starch and glycogen are both fine because they're long chains of glucose. What you consume with your sugar also affects it's metabolism. Fruits are a better choice than candy because they contain water and fiber. Some claim you should consume protein with sugar. Then we come to sweeteners. White sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, golden syrup, treacle and rapadura are mainly sucrose. Maple syrup and honey are a mix of glucose and fructose in roughly equal quantities. Lactose is contained in dairy. The bad ones are agave and high fructose corn syrup which are mainly fructose. Stevia itself is not a carbohydrate but is sold mixed with other things and I'm not sure about their effect on the body. Not sure about coconut sugar and whatever other exotic shit you tend to find in the supermarket these days. The most important things to avoid are sweetened beverages and candy. Soft drinks and asian style milk tea drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Fruit juice contains lots of sugar without any fiber. Candy is pretty much sugar with some esters added for flavour. Now I'd like to ask about the chocolate cookies I baked the other day (they taste fucking nice). They're high in sucrose and starch but also contain protein from eggs and fiber from cocoa powder. If I eat one cookie a day will I slowly but surely accumulate damage that affects me in the long term? Is there any difference between eating two in one sitting and having one in the morning then another in the evening? Is it worth making them with glucose and a little bit of molasses rather than brown sugar?