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Sugar is on the outs according to WHO

Sugar is on the outs according to WHO (photo by LivligaHome)

Here is More Evidence that We are Consuming too Much Sugar--

 

Americans are killing themselves by consuming far too much sugar, and should cut their consumption of the sweet stuff by two thirds, says the World Health Organization. In a revised guideline, WHO is now recommending that sugar make up no more than 5 percent of a person’s daily total calorie consumption. The average American currently consumes 18 percent of his calories in sugar. WHO suggests that people eat no more than 25 grams of sugar, or six teaspoons, in a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet—less than what’s found in a single can of soda. The new recommendation is based on widespread evidence linking free, or added, sugars to heightened risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. WHO had previously recommended restricting calories from sugar to 10 percent, which is still far less than most Americans take in every day. “The key point is that we are consuming way too much added sugars for good health,” American Heart Association spokeswoman Rachel Johnson tells USA Today. Free sugars include those that are added to foods, such as table and brown sugar, honey and maple syrup, as well as processed sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup.

Sourced from The Week, March 28, 2014