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Sugar Should Make Up Less Than 5 Percent of a Person's Total Daily Energy Intake

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  March 5, 2015 at 8:16 AM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that sugar should make up Less than 5 percent of a person's total daily energy intake. The UN agency urged a dramatic drop in the consumption of sugar, hidden in everything from sodas and ketchup, as it steps up the fight against obesity.
 Sugar Should Make Up Less Than 5 Percent of a Person's Total Daily Energy Intake
Sugar Should Make Up Less Than 5 Percent of a Person's Total Daily Energy Intake
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The WHO's previous guidelines suggest that sugars should make up less than 10 percent of a person's total daily energy intake, but following a year of discussions among WHO member states, the UN agency has now urged countries to strive for half that. Setting the bar at 5 percent would mean people should consume no more than 25 grams, or the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, less than the 10 teaspoons in your average can of soda.

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The WHO guidelines do not refer to sugars in fresh fruits, vegetables and milk, since there is no evidence they are harmful. The WHO said, "Much of the so-called free sugars we consume today are hidden in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet, like ketchup, which contains a full teaspoon of the sugar in each tablespoon. The five-percent recommendation however remains conditional, since too few epidemiological studies have been carried out in populations with such low sugar intake to allow a clear comparison."

Source: Medindia
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