Sugar-stricken

Re­duc­ing sugar in­take as per WHO rec­om­men­da­tion is a must to lower the risk of non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases

Down to Earth - - HEALTH - ANANYA TE­WARI | DOWN TO EARTH

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

VIKAS CHOUD­HARY / CSE

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