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WHO Recommends Strictly Restricting Sugar Intake — Physician’s First Watch

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March 6, 2014

WHO Recommends Strictly Restricting Sugar Intake

By Kelly Young

The World Health Organization has proposed lowering the recommended upper limit for dietary sugars to less than 5% of total energy intake to reduce the risk for excess weight gain and dental cavities.

In draft guidelines, the WHO maintains that sugars should comprise less than 10% of a person's caloric intake, as it noted in its 2002 guidelines, but further benefits would be seen if less than 5% of calories were from sugar. This is equivalent to about six teaspoons of sugar a day. One can of soda may contain around 10 teaspoons.

The group is seeking public input until the end of March before releasing its final guidelines.

Reader Comments (3)

ARNOLD CHONG Physician, Anesthesiology, Retired

Glad New York initiated restriction of sugar from soda beverages.

Keren Dando B Health Sc (Naturopathy) Other Healthcare Professional, Preventive Medicine, Clinic

For the past 40 years low fat diets have been recommended as a solution for weight loss whilst the obesity epidemic worsened. sugar intake increased as many low fat products are sugar laden. Obesity causes or exacerbates a plethora of conditions including inflammatory conditions and diabetes.
The proposed WHO guidelines to limit sugar to 5% of total daily intake is a refreshingly positive initiative.

Ruth Falik MD FACP Physician, Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

agree with recommendation - will need labeling on food and in markets regarding simple carbohydrates in food item

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