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Wie viel zusätzlicher Zucker ist okay?

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Health authorities are continuously lowering the permissible limit for daily intake of added sugar. Leading nutrition scientists in the 1977 „Dietary Goals for the United States“, also known as the McGovern Report, called for not only a reduction in meat and other sources of saturated fats and cholesterol like dairy and eggs, but also in sugar. The goal was to reduce Americans‘ sugar consumption to no more than 10% of our daily diet. The sugar industry president reported that the conclusions would „bring the sugar industry to its knees“. The National Cattlemen’s Association and the sugar industry appealed to the Senate Select Committee to withdraw the report. „The sugar empire strikes back“ – and it seemed to work. When the official US dietary guidelines were published in 1980 and 1985, there was no specific limit set, around 10%. It simply said, „Avoid too much sugar.“ („Whatever that means.“) In 1990, it became five words: „Use sugar only in moderation,“ and in 1995, six words: „Choose a low-sugar diet.“ By 2000, there was at least a return to limiting intake – specifically: „Choose beverages and foods that limit your sugar intake“ (ten words), but even that was too strong. Under pressure from sugar lobbyists, government agencies replaced „limit“ with „moderate“, so it became: „Choose beverages and foods that moderate your sugar consumption.“ Then, in 2005, the guidelines committee dropped the „S“ word altogether and urged Americans to „choose carbohydrates wisely…“ Once again, what does that mean? If only there were a dietary guidelines committee that could guide us…

In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a joint report with the US Food and Agriculture Organization titled „Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Diseases“, which for the first time since the McGovern Report called for a reduction in sugar consumption to less than 10% of total caloric intake. The Sugar Association threatened to cut all funding to the WHO by the U.S. They even had the audacity to threaten monkeying with polio and AIDS relief! Don’t mess with the sugar man. A threat described as „tantamount to extortion, worse than any pressure exerted by the tobacco lobby.“ Fifteen years later and 40 years after the first proposed McGovern Report, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans set the 10% limit as a key recommendation: „Consume less than 10 percent of calories per day from added sugar.“ This is currently exceeded by every age group in the United States from one year old, as shown in the graph below and at 2:58 in my video, where teenagers consume an average of 87 grams of sugar per day. This means the average teenager effectively eats 29 packets of sugar per day. The Sugar Association describes the 10% limit as „extremely low.“ Well, I mean, it’s just up to about a dozen tablespoons per day. Of course, there is absolutely no need for added sugar in the diet, and every calorie we consume through added sugar is a missed opportunity to get calories from nutritious sources.

The American Heart Association (AHA) must also be commended for taking it a step further by trying to push the consumption of added sugar to about 6% of calories, where a single soda can put you over the limit. This added sugar threshold is exceeded by 90% of Americans. In 2017, the AHA released their guidelines for children, recommending not more than about six teaspoons per day. In this case, a single serving of nearly a hundred cereals on the US market would exceed the entire recommended daily amount. The AHA recommends not adding sugar to children under two years old, a recommendation that up to 80% of toddlers do not meet, as shown below and at 4:20 in my video. In the United States, „at least 65 countries have introduced dietary guidelines or public health policies to restrict sugar intake and promote maintaining a healthy body weight.“ In the UK, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition has issued new recommendations to reduce added sugar to 5%, which is also the direction the World Health Organization is moving in. The WHO always seems to be one step ahead. Why? Because its political decision-making process is at least partially „protected against industry influence.“ Unlike governments, which may have competing interests in trade and commerce, the WHO deals exclusively with health. I spoke at a hearing of the Dietary Guidelines Committee 2020. Check out the highlights and my speech here. The sugar industry is very active, as you will see in my latest videos. Check out my related posts below for more popular videos and blogs on sugar.

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