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UK Government body recommends halving sugar intake

July 18, 2015 2:23 pm

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The UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has advised that Britons should halve their sugar intake to no more than 5% of daily calories. The committee especially recommends to minimise the consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks.

The advice is based on the latest scientific evidence that higher sugar intake increases the risk of dental caries and higher energy intake. Studies show that replacement of sugar with non-caloric sweeteners such as Aspartame leads to a reduction of daily energy intake. In addition, the report refers to evidence that consumption of high-sugar drinks compared with sugar-free drinks results in weight gain and increases the risk of type 2 Diabetes.

Professor Ian Macdonald, chair of the SACN Carbohydrates and Health working group, said:

‘The evidence is stark – too much sugar is harmful to health and we all need to cut back. The clear and consistent link between a high-sugar diet and conditions like obesity and type 2 diabetes is the wake-up call we need to rethink our diet.”

In response to the SACN report, Dr Alison Tedstone, Chief Nutritionist at Public Health England, said:

“We’re asking parents to take a big step to establish a lifetime of healthy eating habits for their children by replacing sugary drinks with sugar free and no added sugar drinks.”

SACN Carbohydrates and Health Report, Public Health England. First Published: 17 July 2015