WHO revising sugar guidelines

WHO/Tina Kiaer

WHO is holding a public consultation on draft guidelines on sugar intake on 5–31 March 2014; it is open to anyone submitting a declaration of interest. After the consultation and peer review, the guidelines will be finalized; they will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems such as obesity and dental caries.

The suggested limits on intake in the draft guideline apply to all sugars that are added to food by the manufacturer, cook or consumer, as well as those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. Many of the sugars consumed today can be said to be hidden in processed foods that are not usually seen as sweet. For example, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains around 4 g (around 1 teaspoon) sugar. A single can of sugar-sweetened soda normally contains more than 20 g sugar.