Dental expert issues global sugar warning
Newcastle Journal (England)
ADENTAL study carried out by North East scientists has been instrumental in creating draft guidelines on sugar intake issued by the
The study, commissioned by the
Earlier this week, WHO announced people should cut their sugar intake in half if they want to reap health benefits.
In new draft guidelines, which are subject to consultation, it keeps to the original advice that sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day.
But the new set of instructions also argue that cutting this intake to less than 5% would bring "additional health benefits" and is the figure people should aim for.
She said: "We need to make it easier for people to make healthier choices when it comes to sugars by ensuring that options lower in added sugars are made widely available in schools, shops and the workplace."
For adults of a normal weight, the recommendations would mean cutting sugar intake from around 50g - about 12 level teaspoons - of sugar per day to less than 25g.
Health experts backed the move but called on WHO to make the 5% an official recommendation.
They also criticised the
The suggested limits on intake of sugars in the draft guidelines apply to all monosaccharides (such as glucose and fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) that are added to food by the manufacturer, the cook or the consumer, as well as sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.
The WHO said in a statement: "The new draft guideline also proposes that sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day.
"It further suggests that a reduction to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits."