Halve sugar intake to 5% of daily calories, says advisory groupBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4310 (Published 27 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4310
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It is disappointing that the statement released made no opportunity to utilise a common risk factor approach that much of our public health responses need particularly in regard to addressing the increasing caries rates in certain parts of the population. Halving sugar intake messages would be of great benefit to population oral health, strengthening the bang for buck argument.
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A truly simple definition of sugars would be mono and di-saccharides, or equivalent, In other words the sugars that appear on the nutritional values labels which we can all read. This makes it easier for consumers to match target intakes.
Artificial constructs like NMES and now "free sugars" cannot be determined by lab analysis and reflect the design of a system by a committee. I do not believe SACN presents any evidence for the splitting of the sugars in the juice of an orange from the sugars in the juice in an orange, nor do I believe my body would know the difference.
The glycemic index of an orange and orange juice is very close, so why give orange juice a "free sugars" label that the parent fruit is not given ?
Time to move on from vested interests in promoting dairy products or fruit and just call a spade a spade - let's call all sugars just "sugar".
Competing interests: Formerly worked in the sugar industry.