Call for sugar intake to be further reduced

Researchers from the UK are calling for sugar consumption to be reduced to no more than 3% of total energy intake to help prevent dental caries and tooth erosion.

Current recommendations state that sugar should contribute no more than 10% of total energy intake per day. The World Health Organization and many health agencies have recently proposed that this be cut to 5% of total intake.

This new piece of research suggests the target should be no more than 3%. The researchers looked at both the health and financial cost of tooth decay. The treatment of dental problems currently costs between 5% and 10% of total health expenditure in industrial countries. This problem is largely preventable as sugar is the main factor in the development of tooth decay.

Despite a drive to reduce sugar consumption evidence from the IOI shows that children and teenagers are currently consuming approximately 19- 22% of energy from added sugars.

The target of 5% of energy intake from free sugars amounts to 25g for women (five to six teaspoons) and 35g (seven to eight teaspoons) for men, based on the average diet. One 330ml can of fizzy pop would take a typical adult up to the proposed 5% daily allowance, without factoring in sugar from any other source.

Visit our childhood obesity hub for practical suggestions for decreasing sugar intake.

Posted: 18/09/2014 15:53:31 by Laura Keaver


 

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