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: 8 and sex:male is
10% x 2749 / 3.8 = 36.17g of Sugar per day
9 cubes .
and the Absolute maximum is 72.3g of Sugar per day.
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.