ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) and health experts have recommended further reduction in daily sugar consumption.
The new advice cuts the previous recommendation for sugar intake proposed by WHO few months ago.
The new advice suggests the target of 5% of energy intake from free sugars amounts to 25g for women (five to six teaspoons) and 35g (seven to eight teaspoons) for men, based on the average diet while in previous advice it was 10%, according to the study published in the BMC Public Health journal, Press Tv Reported.
“The move was needed after looking at the cost in both health and financial terms of tooth decay,” researchers from University College London and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine stated.
Sugary foods and drinks contain calories, but often have few other nutrients as well as harmful effects on teeth.
Sugar is the most important factor in the development of tooth decay and because of that it is a “largely preventable disease”, experts say.
The treatment of dental problems costs between 5% and 10% of total health expenditure in industrial countries, they also added.
“Foods that take consumption above 2.5% should be labeled as high and a sugar tax introduced to curtail consumption,” said the nutrition expert at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and past president of the World Obesity Federation, Prof Philip James.
The recent recommendation is also part of the global fight against obesity. Over 40 million children under the age of five are overweight.
The research unraveled that while nearly 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese, a half a billion people are being affected by obesity and that is on the rise.