The World Health Organization would really like it if you put down that soda.
In March, the United Nations’ health agency came out with new recommendations for sugar consumption that might ruin your next ice cream sundae. Citing research from 9,000 studies – because we needed 9,000 studies and an international coalition of health experts to tell us that Big Gulps are not a good idea – WHO dropped its recommended daily sugar intake to 5 percent of total calories consumed. (The previous recommendation had been 10 percent of total calories consumed.)
Under the 5-percent guideline, a person who consumes 2,000 calories a day should limit sugar intake to 25 grams. To give you some context, a 12-ounce can of Coke has 39 grams of sugar, which puts you well over your daily recommended limit before you dip a single French fry into that sweet ketchup, or consider the sugar in the cereal, milk, bagel or juice you had for breakfast. (more…)