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World Health Organization Recommends Lowering Sugar Intake

Processed with MoldivAs we embark on a healthy start for 2015, a recent news brief from the CBC highlights the importance of reducing our sugar intake to improve our overall health.

As reported by the CBC.ca in March 2014, The World Health Organization is again urging people to lower the amount of sugar they eat. The Geneva-based global health agency says getting daily sugar intake to below five per cent of one’s daily caloric intake would be optimal but reiterated that restricting intake to no more than 10 per cent is also good. In Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has begun a consultation process to determine if it should recommend that Canadians restrict the portion of their daily calories that come from sugar.

Health Canada does not have specific recommendations in terms of teaspoons or grams per day of sugar Canadians should consume.

‘We are woefully inadequate in the evidence around sugar consumptions for Canadians. Also the role of added sugars throughout all the processed foods.’– Dr. Tom Warchawski, Childhood Obesity Foundation

According to Statistics Canada, in 2004, the average Canadian consumed 26 teaspoons of sugar per day. That works out to 40 kilograms per year —– or 20 bags. Experts say that amount should not exceed 13 teaspoons per day, if sticking to the 10 per cent benchmark.

“We are woefully inadequate in the evidence around sugar consumptions for Canadians. Also the role of added sugars throughout all the processed foods,” Dr. Tom Warshawski told CBC News. Warshawski, a pediatrician, is also chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation in Canada.

“Health Canada could not, in all fairness, have come out with more rigid guidelines because the evidence wasn’t there. But the evidence is coming so now we have to grasp it, study it and come forward with meaningful recommendations for the public.”

Read further into the CBC’s article regarding reducing sugar in our diets. CLICK HERE

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