Who Says You Need To Reduce Your Sugar Consumption?

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(DGIwire) — The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a new recommendation regarding sugar consumption which is sure to get some deserved attention.  They reduced their previous recommendation by half saying that sugar in its various forms should be no more than 5% of your total caloric intake.

WHO reviewed around 9000 studies and came to the conclusion that reducing sugar intake to the 5% level will help to reduce both obesity and cavities.  The new guideline includes sugar added to foods, drinks, honey, all types of syrups, and even fruit juices.  However, it does not include sugar naturally found in whole fruits or vegetables.

This new target is definitely a move in the right direction but will be a major adjustment for most Americans and other westerners who consume an average of 15% of total calories in sugar right now.  We’re talking about a whopping 65% reduction to meet the new guideline.

WHO’s new recommendation was published online and they are asking the public for comments on their website until the end of March.  They’ll probably get plenty of feedback from lobbyists involved with the food industry since a bowl of typical processed breakfast cereal alone could put someone over the new daily guidelines.  In the United States, this industry lobby was extremely vocal about 10 years ago when WHO recommended a limit of 10%.

Like sodium, Americans get most of their sugar from processed foods like breakfast cereals, bread, soup, sauces, soda and common condiments.  Drinking just one can of sweetened soda would put someone over the daily sugar limit.

“Processed foods are the worst culprits when it comes excess sugar and sodium intake.  Studies have been concluding for awhile now that processed foods, with unnatural combinations of ingredients that have been specifically designed to stimulate our taste buds and appetites, are slowly but surely undermining our health”, according to Tom Griesel, co-author of TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (BSH 2011).

Even though numerous studies have confirmed the problem and most doctors now agree, there is still no universal agreement on how much sugar is too much.  The WHO recommendations are sure to result in a huge uproar and counter-claims by the multi-billion dollar processed food industry.

Griesel adds, “There’s no way around the fact that avoiding most processed food and focusing on a diet that is based around whole, natural, unprocessed foods is the key to good health.”

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