Warning: Your sweet tooth isn’t going to like this. In a new draft of its health guidelines, the World Health Organization (WHO) advises adults should eat less sugar. What’s less? About 25 grams (or less) per day if you’re trying to avoid major health risks including tooth decay and weight gain. For those of you soda fans: That’s LESS than one can of Coke!
This new sugar suggestion cuts the previous limits in half, recommending that the sweet stuff makes up less than 10 percent of your total daily calorie intake (with 5 percent being the ultimate goal).
“Obesity now affects half a billion people in the world,” said Francesco Branca, the WHO’s director of nutrition for health and development, who blames sugars as a key culprit in the obesity epidemic. “It is on the rise in all age groups and particularly in low and middle-income countries.”
Ain’t that the truth. Scarily enough, a recent study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that our sweet tooth may even contribute to an increased risk of death (find out more ways sugar is killing us). The research found that nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults get more than 10 percent of their daily calories from added sugars.
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