Government Consumption Guidelines
No more than 5% of our energy should come from Sugar
The World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) recommendation on sugar intake is based on sugar as a proportion of all energy (kcal or kj). The guideline maximum proportion of energy taken on from all sugars (intrinsic and added) is: 5% and a strong recommendation of an absolute maximum of 10%
The energy value of a gram of Sugar is 3.8 kcal.1 (p.93)
Recommended maximum sugar intake for age: 55-64 and sex:female is
10% x 2175 / 3.8 = 28.62g of Sugar per day
and the Absolute maximum is
57.2g of Sugar per day.
NHS, May 2015
"Added sugars shouldn’t make up more than 10% of the energy (calorie intake) you get from food and drink each day.
This is about 70g for men and 50g for women, but it varies, depending on:
your age and
how active you are."
SACN, Carbohydrates and Health, July 2015
"Free sugars shouldn’t make up more than 5% of the energy (calorie intake)
you get from food and drink each day.
Carbohydrates & Health, SACN 2015
Current Levels of Consumption
12-15% of our energy actually comes from Sugar
Courtesy of the BBC:
On average, we are eating more than twice the sugar than the W.H.O. & SACN guidelines recommend.