Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Finalizes Guideline on "Free Sugars"

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

WHO Finalizes Guideline on "Free Sugars"

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This month WHO finalizes revised recommendations on the intake of what are known as "free sugars", following peer-review by an external expert group and a public consultation last month.

The guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of free sugars to reduce diet-related noncommunicable diseases, such as obesity and dental caries (tooth decay).

Free sugars include monosaccharides (such as glucose and fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose--commonly known as table sugar--and lactose) that are added to foodstuffs by manufacturers, cooks and consumers.

Free sugars also include the types of sugar that are naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates, but do not include the sugars found in non-refined foodstuffs, such as brown rice or fruit.

Once finalized, the document will be cleared by WHO's Guidelines Review Committee before its official release later this year.

WHO's current recommendation, from 2002, is that free sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake per day. …

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