The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the opening of a public consultation regarding their draft guideline on sugar intake. The completed guideline will provide recommendations on limiting sugar consumption in efforts to lower public health problems such as obesity and dental caries.

The new draft guideline is in line with current recommendations from 2002 which state that sugars should make up <10% of total energy intake per day. It also suggests that a reduction to <5% of total energy intake per day would be further beneficial. Five percent of total energy intake equates to about 25g (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day for an adult of normal body mass index (BMI).

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Proposed limits on sugar intake in the draft guideline apply to all monosaccharides (eg, glucose, fructose) and disaccharides (eg, sucrose) that are added by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer. This also includes naturally-occurring sugars in honey, syrups, fruit juices, and fruit concentrates.

Public comments will be accepted via the WHO website from March 5–31, 2014. While comments are being submitted, an expert peer-review process will be occurring during the same period. All comments will be reviewed at the end and revisions will be cleared by WHO’s Guidelines Review Committee prior to it being finalized.

For more information visit the WHO website.