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WHO Proposes to Halve Advised Daily Sugar Intake

Posted on March 11, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued draft guidelines calling for a reduction of daily sugar intake to 5% of total daily calories in order to tackle public health problems, such as obesity and tooth decay, according to Medical News Today.

The WHO says there is concern that consumption of free sugars—those defined as sugars that are added to foods by manufacturers, such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose, and sugars that are naturally present in fruit juices, fruit concentrates, syrups, and honey—may cause people to eat fewer foods that contain "nutritionally adequate calories" and increase total daily calorie intake.

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