New sugar intake guidelines
The recommendation of approved intake of 25 grams sugar per day has been reduced to 14 grams recently by scientists who have carried out a research on the effects of sugar intake.
The research indicates that half a can of Coca Cola, the most popular soft drink has more sugar than the recommended levels per day. It has been recommended by many a healthcare professional to cut back on sugars to maintain a healthy weight and prevent obesity in children. Children who consume junk food with free sugars consume a lot more sugar than it looks like.
The fizzy drinks and sweets they get from the vending machines installed in their schools are the main source of access to junk food to them. The recent initiative has called for a sugar tax to increase the price of the drinks and food items rich in sugar which will spike the prices by 20 percent.
The recent recommendation of sugar intake 14 grams amounts to three cubes of sugar. The recent guidelines issued by the World Health Organization is maximum 10 percent of the total energy required be gained from free sugar intake with a target of 5 percent meaning that a person can take up to 50 grams of free sugar per day with a target of 25 grams as the recommended level.
The latest research says that the target level prescribed by the WHO should be considered as a maximum limit for a healthy life given the present living conditions. While a normal 330 ml can of Coke contains 35 grams of sugar, Diet Coke and Coke Zero have no sugar.
Another research carried out by the University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine suggests that only 3 percent of the daily energy can be derived from free sugars in the food which will further decrese the recommended levels.