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UK public must cut down on sugar intake

Science committee to review advice on sugar

Jo Carlowe

Monday, 20 January 2014

Most people in the UK need to reduce their sugar intake, limiting it to no more than 10% of daily calorie intake.

The UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) is currently reviewing dietary recommendations on carbohydrates (including advice on sugar) and Public Health England has this week announced that most people need to cut-down.

The UK dietary recommendation is that sugar should make up no more than 10% of daily calorie intake, including sugar and free sugars in fruit juices and honey.

The work is being undertaken by SACN’s working group on carbohydrates and health.

SACN’s work will include reviewing the evidence for a role of dietary carbohydrate in colorectal health in adults (including colorectal cancer, IBS and constipation).

The working group will also look at the data on dietary carbohydrate and cardio-metabolic health including cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, glycaemic response and obesity.

Other considerations will include examining the evidence in respect to dietary carbohydrates and oral health.

It is anticipated that the working group’s draft report will be available for public consultation this summer, with a finalised report due by the end of the year.

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