You can’t sugarcoat this recommendation

sugarcoffeeloresThis week, the World Health Organization announced that it will again urge people to reduce their sugar intake.

The global health organization says daily sugar consumption should be below five per cent of an individual’s daily caloric intake, half of the agency’s previous recommendation, according to new draft guidelines.

But, the organization agreed that the new intake level would be challenging for many people.  “We should aim for five per cent if we can … but 10 per cent is more realistic,” said Dr. Francesco Branco, head of nutrition for health and development for WHO.

So what does this mean for a consumer? A five percent intake equals about six teaspoons of sugar a day. One can of sugar-sweetened (non-diet) soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar.

The recommendations are intended to help in the fight against obesity and dental decay.

“Sugar might become the new tobacco in terms of risk,” said Dr. Branco at a news conference on Wednesday.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration also is proposing new nutrition labels that will list how much added sugar is in a product.

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