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WHO Says Sugar Should Be 5% Of Daily Caloric Intake

Media outlets report on the WHO’s recommendation that daily sugar intake should be five percent of total calories consumed. The WHO has launched a public consultation on its draft sugar guidelines.

Associated Press: WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar
“…The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just five percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday…” (Cheng, 3/5).

Reuters: WHO cuts sugar intake advice to 5 percent of daily energy
“Sugar should account for less than 5.0 percent of what people eat each day if they are to avoid health risks such as weight gain and tooth decay linked to excessively sugary diets, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday…” (Kelland, 3/5).

WHO: WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline
“WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay)…” (3/5).