The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new guidelines on the daily consumption of sugar in adults and children: the recommendation is to stay below 10% (50 grams per day) of the total daily energy consumption, but to Health it would be even better not to exceed 5% (equal to about 25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
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In Del Paese, the recommended sugar threshold is set at 15%. "A discussion is now opening on whether to lower this level from 15 to 10%. And then to
implement those policies that can determine this reduction in the population. It would be a big step forward. We have hard evidence that we keep sugar intake to less than 10% of total energy consumption reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay"said Francesco Branca, Director of the Department
WHO Nutrition for Health and Development.
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WHO recommendations concern free sugars monoxaccharides (such as glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and beverages by the producer, cook or consumer, but also sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices.
On the other hand, sugars present in fresh fruit and vegetables or in milk are excluded. But much of the sugars consumed today are hidden in processed foods. For example - explains the WHO, a tablespoon of ketchup contains about 4 grams of sugars and in a single can of soda can contain up to 40 grams (or 10 teaspoons) of sugar.
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In the new WHO guidelines the recommendation is to further reduce the consumption from 10 to 5%. "The latter is a recommendation that we call 'conditional' and therefore must be considered by governments and individuals differently because the scientific data in favor of this threshold are not the same as those available for the 10% recommendation. However, it must be said that From a health point of view, there is an additional benefit in further reducing below 5%"Branca said.
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