WHO Cuts Sugar by 50%

The World Health Organization’s new proposed guidelines for healthy eating cut recommended sugar intake by half. The current standing for appropriate sugar consumption states that it should amount to less than 10 percent of your daily diet. However, in April the WHO will finalize revisions to the national health recommendations, with the most drastic revision being a counseled less-than-5 percent intake of sugar daily.

On a 2000 calorie diet this would mean taking in less than 25 grams of sugar a day, which is a little lower than the amount in a can of soda. Unfortunately, the average American takes in much more than 25 grams of sugar daily. Most of the sugar in our diets comes from “hidden” sugars, sugars added to products that wouldn’t naturally need it. Foods on this list include things like frozen pizza, mayo, and bread. The WHO includes all these hidden sugars in its 5 percent recommendation. Natural sugars, however, like those found in fruit, are not included.

The reason these changes are occurring is to align our actions with new discoveries on how to make and keep our bodies healthy. As CNN outlines, consuming too many added sugars can lead to an unhealthy diet, which may cause weight gain or disease. Last summer a cancer study revealed that too much sugar can lead to bowel cancer, just one of the many possible diseases you can contrive with an unhealthy amount of the sweet stuff in your diet.

Dental wellness is a large concern with sugar consumption. High amounts of sugar, higher than 10 percent of your daily consumption, in fact, leads to heavy tooth decay. At 10%, you have a much lower risk of contriving tooth decay. However, as Wall St. Cheat Sheet points out, at or below 5 percent, you will have no chance of tooth decay. This was a large contributing factor to the WHO change: they wanted to promote what would make and definitely keep you healthy, if you followed their guidelines exactly.

We all know healthy eating is important, but it is easy to forget just how important it is. Our bodies are what we eat, and if we put too much sugar in them, as opposed to vitamins and proteins, then they won’t be able to function as best they can, which we need them to do, since they keep us alive.

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