Carbohydrate and health

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)(UK) have released new recommendations on carbohydrates and health. 

They have advised the British Government to halve the current recommended intake of free sugars in a bid to tackle the growing obesity and diabetes crises. The recommendations – that free sugars account for no more than 5% of daily energy intake – are also hoped to reduce the risk of tooth decay – the number one cause of hospital admissions among children in the UK.  5% of daily energy intake is the equivalent of 19g or five sugar cubes for children aged four to six, 24g or six sugar cubes for children aged seven to 10, or seven sugar cubes for those aged 11 and over, based on average population diets.

SACN also advised the population should increase the amount of fibre in their diet by eating more fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods. It said those aged 16 and over should raise their intake of fibre to 30g a day, or 25g for 11 to 15-year-olds, 20g for those aged five to 11, and 15g for two to fives.

The report maintains the current recommendation that starchy carbohydrates - particularly wholegrain – should form 50% of daily calorie intake.


Posted: 17/07/2015 11:07:59 by Laura Keaver


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