Current guidelines from the World Health Organization, set in 2002, recommend that free sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake each day. And while the new draft guidelines offer the same recommendation, the WHO also suggest that reducing sugar intake to less than 5% of total energy intake each day – the equivalent to 6 teaspoons for an adult of normal body mass index (BMI) – would offer additional benefits.
Notably, the WHO is concerned about how the consumption of free sugars contributing to the prevalence of dental diseases. Recent figures show that worldwide, 60-90% of school children and almost 100% of adults have dental cavities.
In the US, consumption of sugary drinks is high. Data from a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that 50% of the population consumes sugary drinks on any given day, while 5% consume at least 567 kcal from sugary drinks on any given day – the equivalent to four cans of cola. Less than 5% of daily calorie intake from sugar would offer additional benefits to the consuming population.
While we can’t help you with your dietary intake, we can give you guidance concerning your oral health condition. Contact us in our Sandy Springs office for your complimentary consultation.
Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC
290 Carpenter Drive, 200A
Atlanta, GA 30328
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