WHO Guideline: "Sugars intake for adults and children" raises some question marks

Fred Brouns*

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There is a global increase in obesity and related co-morbidities, causing unacceptable increases chronic disease and health care costs. To help reduce the prevalence of overweight food consumption recommendations are being made at national and international level. Recently the WHO published guidelines for the consumption of added sugars but included also sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates as "unfavorable". In contrast, sugars in milk were considered to be harmless. This approach and the criteria used have led to international criticism. Although it is clear that a reduction of overall energy intake has to be achieved, in favor of public health, it should be acknowledged that obesity is NEVER caused by one particular nutrient and as such pointing to "free sugars" as being a major cause of overweight may also mislead the public in terms of causality. The present paper highlights some of these concerns and lists a number of "sugar facts"
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-36
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-tech
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Sugar
  • obesity
  • overweight
  • diabetes
  • WHO sugar guideline


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