Limiting sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories consumed could reduce the risks associated with being overweight, obesity, and tooth decay, according to new WHO guidelines released yesterday.
The new guidelines zero in sugars added to processed foods. For the over-achievers reading, cutting even more sugar out, to 5% of daily intake—or about 6 teaspoons or less per day—would boost health even further.
The WHO also offers interesting stats that show which countries have more of an uphill battle in this fight: sugar intake ranges from about 7-8% of total energy consumption in Hungary and Norway to as much as 17% in Spain and Britain—and, among children at least, nearly 25% in Portugal.
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