The World Health Organization have issued new guidance stating that people will be advised to halve the amount of sugar in their diet.
The recommended sugar intake will stay at below 10% of total calorie intake a day, with 5% the target, says the WHO. The limits will apply to all sugars – those that are added to food, as well as natural sugars such as those present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.
However, a growing number of experts think that 10% is too high, amid rising obesity levels around the world.
Campaign group, Action On Sugar, said it was pressing for 5% to become the firm recommendation.
Campaign Director and Nutritionist of Action on Sugar, Katharine Jenner says, “It is a tragedy that it has taken 10 years for the WHO to think about changing their recommendation on sugar, which will have had astronomic implications on the millions affected by obesity and type II diabetes the world over. Chronic diseases have overtaken infection diseases as the biggest causes of death worldwide, the majority of which is attributed to poor diets. Let’s not drag our heels any longer.”
This advice comes in the week when Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, told MPs: “We may need to move toward some kind of sugar tax, but I hope we don’t have to.”
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