WHO Recommends Only 5% of Daily Calories from Sugar

The World Health Organization (WHO) experts recommend only 5% of the daily calorific intake to be derived from sugar.

Sugar Recommendations by WHO

Though the WHO experts are of the view that the 5% cap on sugar intake is a little challenging, they do opine that keeping one’s sugar intake restricted to the recommended figures will keep a check on dental caries and obesity.

The organization’s nutrition director Dr. Francesco Brana opines that as the 5% goal is tough to meet, keeping one’s calorie intake from sugar restricted to 10% is a more practical and realistic approach.
In order to meet the recommended levels, Americans will have to cut down their sugar intake by as high as 67%.
There are a number of studies which single out sugar as the prime antagonist in the global obesity epidemic.

A way to cut down sugar intake is to look for food labels. Sugar is often guised under fancy names, such as fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, diastatic malt, and dextrose.

Some ways to cut down one’s sugar intake are:


  • Eat your fruit, and don’t drink it; even worse if you drink packed juices.
  • Water is completely sugar-free; have water instead of sugar-laden fizzy drinks.
  • Bread has added sugars too; restrict your intake.
  • Bake your own cookies and cakes; add only a third of the amount of sugar as recommended by the recipe.


As per the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of adult Americans have had tooth decay problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 37.5% of the adult American population is obese. Such startling numbers are bound to come down, should Americans consider cutting down their sugar intake. Here is the detailed WHO report.

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