Children and adults must reduce the amount of sugar that they consume by half in Western Europe and North America and even more in the other areas in order to lower the risk of tooth decay and obesity, said the World Health Organization.
New instruction meant people should cut the amount of sugar intake to less than 10% of their daily intake, or to about 12 teaspoons or 50 grams of sugar for adults, said the experts at the U.N. body. They added that a cut to less than 5% would be better.
The recommendations of WHO to health ministers cover free sugars like fructose and glucose, and table sugar or sucrose added to processed drinks and foods, and also the sugar that is naturally in the honey, fruit juices and syrups.
The present average amount in Central and North America was 95 grams per day per adult, in Western Europe about 101 gr, and in South America about 130 gr, said the Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of WHO.
WHO said that just one can of soda has up to 40 grams of free sugar. That is about 10 teaspoons!
There is an evidence that the people who eat less sugars are not overweight. Common rates varied according to area and age. The intake in Europe ranged from 7 to 8 percent in Norway and Hungary and 16 to 17 percent in countries as Britain and Spain. In Portugal the rates among children were high – 25 percent.
Branca said in a statement that they have hard evidence that keeping the intake of sugars to less than 10% of complete energy intake reduces the risk of tooth decay, obesity and overweight.