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Adults in the UK should aim to cut their sugar intake to 5% of daily calories if they can, according to the World Health Organisation – less than the amount, for an average person, in a single can of Coca-Cola.
In a new draft guideline, the WHO said all people, at every stage of life, should try to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. It reiterated its 2003 guidance that countries should set an upper limit of 10% of daily calories from sugar – but said the ideal level would be 5%.
For an adult of average bodyweight, with an intake of about 2,000 calories a day, 5% would equate to 100 calories – which at four calories in a gram would be 25g of sugar, said Dr Francesco Branca, the WHO’s director of nutrition for health and development. A standard 330ml can of cola contains 35g of sugar.
Even at a 10% limit, said Branca, a can of sugar-sweetened drink “approaches the amount that is acceptable for an adult. For a child, since a child has a lower energy requirement, that could be a lot less. Consumption of a single serving of sugar-sweetened soda might actually exceed the limit of 10% of energy [from sugar] for a child.”
Branca added that soft drink consumption “is one of the elements that has been more constantly associated with increased weight gain, particularly in children. This is an area where more intense action needs to be taken if this guideline is to be implemented.”
The WHO’s intervention is triggered by concern over the rapidly spreading obesity epidemic, as well as tooth decay. There are particular anxieties about the massive consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, such as colas, lemonades and sports drinks, which give “empty calories”, devoid of the nutrients found in some other foods.
“Today, debate continues as to whether the available evidence of adverse health effects related to free sugars intake warrants appreciable reduction in free sugars intake,” says the WHO consultation document. “Therefore, it was considered important to review the existing evidence in a systematic manner, and update WHO’s guidance on free sugars intake through the new WHO guideline development process.”
The WHO’s nutrition guidance expert advisory group (NUGAG) has been mulling over the evidence for nearly two years and commissioned scientific reviews of the evidence on the risks posed to health by “free sugars” – those added to food and drinks rather than the intrinsic sugars in fruit and vegetables.
The evidence is clearest on dental caries, the report says. Studies show an increase in tooth decay in children who get more than 10% of their calories from sugar. There was also evidence that children consuming less sugar than that – under 10kg a year, which is about 5% of their calorie intake – also developed dental caries, although at lower levels.
“Because dental caries are the result of lifelong exposure to the dietary risk factor (ie, sugars), even small reductions in risk of dental caries in childhood is of significance in later life,” says the document.
The link with obesity and diseases for which it is a risk factor, such as strokes, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, is less clear cut. However, analyses of all available well-conducted trials suggested that people who cut down on sugar also managed to reduce weight – and those who ate more sugar put on weight.
Studies also showed that children who drank a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages, such as colas, were more likely to be overweight than those who rarely drank them.
The new guideline is likely to be strongly opposed by the food and drink industry and their supporters, who argue that no one food or type of food is a problem – all food and drinks are fine in moderation, they say.
Public Health England said it would “carefully look” at the recommendation to reduce sugar consumption to less than 5% . Average intake for adults in the UK is 11.6% and for children it is 15.2% – both above current government advice, which is for a maximum 10%.
“PHE welcome the new WHO draft guidelines to reduce sugar intake to 10% of total daily calorie intake and will carefully consider the suggestion that a further reduction of sugar to below 5% of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits,” said Alison Tedstone, director of nutrition and diet at PHE.
“Consuming too many sugary foods and drinks can cause tooth decay. In addition, consuming too many calories including those from sugar can lead to being overweight or obese which can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.”