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Got a sweet tooth? Keep sugar intake down to six teaspoons daily, WHO says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/6/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Lots of hidden sugar found in processed food, experts warn

Sweet and sugary, so delicious and so deadly. "Added sugar is a completely unnecessary part of our diets, contributing to obesity, type II diabetes and tooth decay," Graham MacGregor, a London cardiologist and health campaigner, says. "We have known about the health risks of sugar for years and yet nothing substantial has been done." The World Health Organization is now recommending that adults cut back their sugar intake to just six teaspoons daily.

Sweet and sugary . so delicious and so deadly.

Sweet and sugary . so delicious and so deadly.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
3/6/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Sugar intake, World Health Organization, guidelines


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In addition, children should not be given fizzy drinks because they contain dangerous amounts of sugar, United Nations health chiefs said this week. The guideline amount for sugar intake has been slashed dramatically over fears that sugar poses the same threat to health as tobacco.

Experts blame it for millions of premature deaths across the world every year. "The new recommendations will be a wakeup call to the Department of Health and the Government to take action by forcing the food industry to slowly reduce the huge amount of sugar added across the board," MacGregor adds.

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The problem is so across-the-board that a tax may be put on calorie-laden food and drink in the United Kingdom to curb soaring levels of obesity. Chief medical officer Sally Davies has already said

The World Health Organization said the crisis was being fuelled by hidden sugar in processed food and drink such as yogurts, muesli, sauces, fizzy drinks, juice and smoothies.

The WHO has since published the draft guidelines urging adults to eat no more than 12 teaspoons of sugar a day and to aim for six. Children should try for less than six teaspoons and avoid cans of fizzy drink such as Coke, which contains seven spoons.

"Obesity affects half a billion people in the world and it is on the rise," Francesco Branca, director for nutrition for health and development at WHO, says.

"Sugar along with other risk factors might certainly become the new tobacco in terms of public health action. The consumption of a single serving of sugar sweetened soda might actually already exceed the limit for a child. So certainly the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages should be done with great care.

"It actually is one of the elements that [have] been more constantly associated to increase weight gain particularly in children."

Branca says that food and drinks manufacturers should drastically alter their products. A bowl of muesli contains two and a half teaspoons of sugar; a latte has five, a chocolate bar six or seven while some ready-meals have more than eight.

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