PROPOSED new international sugar consumption guidelines are a wake-up call for Australia, say health experts.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines suggest people limit sugar to 10 per cent of their daily calories and aim for five per cent.
However, the average Australian would need to halve consumption to achieve 10 per cent, which is similar to the WHO target set in 2002.
“The recommendations are pretty dramatic in terms of current intake in Australia,” said Professor Peter Clifton, head of nutritional interventions at Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes institute.
The suggested limits apply to added sugars as well as those naturally present in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit concentrates.
They do not apply to those in whole foods such as fruits or vegetables.
Ten per cent is equivalent to 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for the average adult and less for children.