The World Health Organization is advising adults and children across the globe to cut their sugar intake to decrease the chances of tooth decay, and obesity. Releasing a new guideline, WHO is encouraging the public to decrease their amount of sugar to about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar a day for adults; which is approximately less than 10 percent of their daily energy in-take. In fact, the WHO is suggesting that a further decrease in sugar amounting to less than 5 percent daily would further lower an individual’s risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart diseases, cancers, and diabetes.
While the WHO’s guidelines does not cover natural sugars found in fruit, vegetables, and milk; it does include processed sugars like glucose, fructose, sucrose, and table sugars.
During a briefing, a representative from WHO, Director of the organization’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, Dr. Francesco Branca stated that they found processed sugars in many, if not the majority of food products on the market today. As such, Blanca adds that it is not hard to go over the daily recommended sugar intake within the new guidelines if someone is use to eating or drinking certain foods .To get an idea of just how much sugar content lies within some food products, take a look at beverages, for example. The average fruit juices can contain approximately 24-26 grams of sugar; while a can of soda pop has about 40 grams or more, which is the equivalent to about 10 teaspoons of sugar.
According to the WHO, daily sugar consumption around the world went up by 10 percent; from an average of 58 grams per person in 2003, to 63 grams in 2013.
The Sugar Association, chimed in on the new guidelines, claiming the WHO used “weak and inconsistent data” to connect sugar intake with chronic diseases.