Reducing sugar intake as per WHO recommendation is a must to lower the risk of non-communicable diseases
THealth Organization HE WORLD (who) recently issued new guidelines that strongly recommend a reduction in the daily intake of “free sugar”to less than 10 per cent of the total energy requirement.It has also made a conditional recommendation of further lowering free sugar intake to less than 5 per cent per day, which is approximately 25 grams or 6 teaspoons for a moderately active child and adult.
Free sugars are defined by who as monosaccharides such as glucose and fructose and disaccharides such as sucrose or table sugar. Free sugars also include natural sugars present in honey, fruit juices, syrups and fruit concentrate. Sugar-sweetened beverages (ssbs) and packaged foods contain high amounts of sugar.
According to Francesco Branca, director, who’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, there are strong evidences to prove that a decrease in sugar intake can reduce the risks of overweight, obesity and tooth decay. who guidelines are aimed at reducing the risks of such non-communicable diseases (ncds).
The problem of sugar intake is also reflected in a Delhi High Court ruling of March 18. Acting in response to a public interest petition of 2010,the court issued an order restricting junk food in schools. As per its verdict, the guidelines prepared by a committee set up by the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (fssai) in 2014 should get implemented as regulation across the country within three months.One of the
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