Cut sugar intake by half again: new WHO advice

And sugary drinks have been highlighted as a key source of excess sugar intake in the draft WHO guideline.

The WHO’s current recommendation, dating back to 2002, is that sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake per day.

However, the new draft guideline suggests that a reduction to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits.

This is equivalent to around 25g (about six teaspoons) of sugar per day for an adult of normal BMI.

The WHO stated: “The suggested limits on intake of sugars in the draft guideline apply to all monosaccharides and disaccharides that are added to food by the manufacturer, the cook or the consumer, as well as sugars that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.

“Much of the sugars consumed today are ‘hidden’ in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweets.

“For example, one