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Sugar intake should be halved

Are you one of those using to much sugar? several years ago I seriously reduced my sugar consumption after reading about white sugar being a genuine poison, meanwhile in England the government has been advised to develop a program targeting a reduction of 50% of the current sugar consumption:

Scientific experts: Sugar intake ‘should be halved’

A committee of scientists has advised the government to halve the current recommended daily intake of sugar.

Nutrition experts say no more than 5% of daily calories should come from added sugar – about seven teaspoons.

Most people consume at least twice this limit.

The government has said it will accept the recommendations and will use them to develop its national strategy on childhood obesity, which is due out later this year.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which advises Public Health England and other government agencies on nutrition, wants the recommended daily intake of sugar to be halved to reduce obesity risk and improve dental health.

Prof Ian Macdonald, chair of the working group of the committee, said: “The evidence is stark – too much sugar is harmful to health and we all need to cut back.

“The clear and consistent link between a high-sugar diet and conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes is the wake-up call we need to rethink our diet.

“Cut down on sugars, increase fibre and we’ll all have a better chance of living longer, healthier lives.”

Free sugars

The guidelines, which apply from the age of two, are in line with new World Health Organization proposals.

Prof Judith Buttriss of the British Nutrition Foundation said the type of sugar targeted was known as free sugar – all the different types of sugar in the diet, excluding the sugars that are found naturally in fruit and milk..

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