Professor Mann, a member of the World Health Organisation’s expert advisory panel on nutrition, said though he supported a sugar tax, he did not think it would happen in New Zealand.
He said clear product labelling – so people knew exactly how much sugar they were consuming – combined with education on sugar was the first step towards reducing sugar intake
How much sugar should we consume?
The draft World Health Organisation sugar intake guideline proposes that sugars should be less than 10 per cent of our total energy intake per day. It suggests that a reduction to below 5 per cent of total energy intake per day would have additional benefits.
How much sugar is that?
Five per cent of total energy intake is equivalent to 25 grams (about six teaspoons) of sugar a day for an adult of normal Body Mass Index.
What kind are there?
The limits apply to all monosaccharides (such as glucose and fructose) and disaccharides (such as sucrose or table sugar) that are added to food by the manufacturer, the cook or the consumer, as well as sugars naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates. They do not apply to sugars in milk, fruit and vegetables.
How can I reduce intake?
Sugar is often associated with high-fat food. Have cakes, biscuits and chocolate bars occasionally. Look for sugar on food labels. Sugar is sometimes called fructose, glucose, sucrose or honey. If you are trying to reduce the amount of fat in your diet, make sure you don’t increase the amount of sugar you eat.