Drastic action on sugar consumption

21 August, 2015

With increasing evidence surrounding sugar consumption and the need to reduce it, we thought we would provide you with some information straight from the British Dietetic Association to cut through the media hype.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) have passed on final recommendations to the Government relating to sugar and also fibre and wholegrains as part of their Carbohydrates and Health report. The British Dietetic Association is supporting the recommendations from SACN. Through their review, SACN found that:

  • High levels of sugar consumption are associated with a greater risk of tooth decay.
  • The higher the proportion of sugars in the diet, the greater the risk of high energy intake.
  • Drinking high-sugar beverages results in weight gain and increases in BMI in teenagers and children.
  • Consuming too many high-sugar beverages increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes

As a result, SACN recommends that:

  • The average population intake of free sugars (those added to or naturally present in food, with the exception of lactose) should account for no more than 5% daily dietary energy intake.
  • The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g. fizzy drinks, soft drinks and squash) should be minimised by both children and adults

The SACN report also looked at the amount of carbohydrates and fibre being consumed, and the link to health outcomes and recommended that:

  • The current recommendation that starchy carbohydrates, wholegrain where possible, should form 50% of daily calorie intake is maintained.
  • Those aged 16 and over increase their intake of fibre to 30g a day, 25g for 11 to 15-year-olds, 20g for 5 to 11-year-olds and 15g for 2 to 5-year old

Read more here:  https://www.bda.uk.com/news/view?id=75&x[0]=news/list