In August 2016 the American Heart Association updated their recommended sugar intake for children and young adults below the age of 18. Current WHO recommendations released in 2015 report that scientific studies showed daily consumption of added sugar in excess of 9 teaspoons (38g) for men and 6 teaspoons (25g) for women have serious effects on health contributing to metabolic syndrome and obesity, heart disease, diabetes and tooth decay.
A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.
This guideline provides updated global, evidence-informed recommendations on the intake of free sugars to reduce the risk of NCDs in adults and children, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of unhealthy weight gain and dental caries.