By Nurse Mark
Wow! I predict that there is going to be some fur fly over this recent pronouncement by the mighty World Health Organization (W.H.O.)
It seems that the W.H.O. is now recommending that sugar intake from all sources be cut to a mere 5% of daily calorie intake – fully half of their previous recommendation.
For most people that means a maximum of of just a few teaspoons of sugar each day – perhaps 4 teaspoons for women and 6 for men. And remember, that is sugar from all sources – honey, syrups, fruit juices, food… though the WHO is willing to cut a little slack for whole fresh fruit.
Why do I think that there will be fur flying over this?
Well, I remember when the last recommendations came out, limiting sugar intake to 10% of caloric intake: Yikes! The Big Agriculture and Big Food industries waged a full-out offensive campaign against the W.H.O., lobbying congress to have millions in U.S. funding withdrawn from them unless they changed their statement. These big industries are so powerful that they won at least a partial victory then and I predict they will prevail again this time. The Big Corporations play rough when their profits are threatened!
Just what is the size of the problem? Well, just one tablespoon of ketchup can contain a teaspoon of sugar, and a regular sugar-sweetened soda pop can contain as much as 10 teaspoons of sugar. And let’s not forget sweetened breakfast cereals, sugary deserts and confections, candy bars, even medicines! Sugar is in everything!
Now if you are a regular reader you already know our position on sugar – we regard it as an addictive, toxic, health-damaging substance that really has no place in our diets. If you are a patient of Dr. Myatt you probably don’t even keep the stuff in your house much less eat it.
For more information about sugar see our previous HealthBeat News Article But I Only Use Organic Natural Sugars!
And join me – sit back, put your feet up, and watch the fun as the Big Corporate interests engage in a fight that is going to make the Saturday morning TV wrestling shows look like childrens games of patty-cake…
AP News: WHO: Only 5% of calories should be from sugar
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