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‘Scientific substantiation’ needed before WHO reduces sugar guidance, says CAOBISCO

Posted:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The latest scientific news on blood sugar

Before the World Health Organisation (WHO) decides to guide the world on reducing sugar intake to half of that is being recommended in the daily diet, substantial amount of research needs to be done, as suggested by the Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of Europe (CAOBISCO). This is because WHO has been re-considering the percentage off free sugar recommended in the everyday diet from around 10% to its half, around 5% owing to the alarming rate in which free sugars are causing diabetes, obesity and other diseases. CAOBISCO, with members as big as Mars, Nestlé and Mondelēz International, has come up with a draft that aims to comment on WHOs supposed guidelines on sugar intake for minors as well as adults. CAOBISCO trusts that before it is decided to reduce free sugar content to 5% of the total energy, the stakeholders and other collaborative committees needs to be discussed and a considerable scientific approach be devised to prove the same. Further, as per the news given by CAOBISCO, the secretary general has stated that till now, there has not been an uniform scientific approach that can emphasize on the evidences that suggest reduction of free sugar levels in confectionaries or bakery products.

The scientific approach behind WHO’s decision

According to the latest scientific news, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2010 commented that a considerable amount of dental risks would soar in case the sugar percentage is high but for lowering the same, a researched lower limit was necessary. Although WHO has completed the stage where it consulted with all the relevant bodies around 31st March 2014, it is now re- considering the suggestions made by the different committees through a review process. The British Medical Journal and Journal of Dental Research have put forward a tentative draft that contains the guidelines of WHO. Based on a research made on 38 groups and 30 trials, the British Medicine Journal found that the body’s mass index and the minimum percentage of free sugar intake are proportionate. On the other hand, JDR, after researching on 55 cases confirmed that when minimum sugar intake percentage is reduced to 5%, it helps to reduces dental problems.

The Confirmation regarding the action on Sugar

A recent confirmation from Action on Sugar suggests that sugar diseases are dependent on the amount of calorie one takes in per consumption. This also has a direct regard to the lowest minimum sugar intake and makes sure that problems like obesity, dental caries and diabetes can be kept at bay. WHO has been triggered to take the decision of reducing minimum sugar level intake because of its direct link with one of the biggest concerns of the world, obesity and all the non- communicable diseases. Also, if WHO can successfully reduce the guided percentage of free sugars to 5% then popular products will have to re- organise their production to meet the guidelines. Mars, Hershey’s, Mondelēz International’s might all have to reconsider their products or reformulate the sizes to meet with newer standards.