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Experts say halve intake of sugar

27th June 2014
A draft report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) says sugar that is added or naturally occurring (in fruit juices or honey) should only account for 5% of our daily energy intake.

obese1The governing body analysed 600 scientific studies to develop their new recommendations.

The proposed level of sugar recommended is equivalent to a 330ml fizzy drink can and half of the current target.

Public Health England had said they will reevaluate whether their five-a-day recommendations should include fruit juice and smoothies.

PHE will also investigate measures to protect children from food advertisement and look to see if a sugar tax would have any benefits.

Prof Ian MacDonald, SACN spokesperson, said: "The evidence that we have analysed shows quite clearly that high free sugars in adults is associated with increased energy intake and obesity."

He also highlighted the "association between sugar sweetened beverages and type-2 diabetes."

The sugar industry have responded to the draft by saying that 'demonising one ingredient' would not solve the 'obesity epidemic'.

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