New guidelines want you to cut your daily sugar intake in half


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There is a line in the movie “Bring It On” that we’ve always found funny and horrific because of its exaggeration/truth in how women are asked to diet: 

“I want you to think of what you ate today. Got it?” asks Sparky, the demented cheerleading choreographer. “Now cut that in half. This is called a diet, people. Everyone start one today.”

Welp, now this is real life for sugar-lovers.

Last week, the World Health Organization announced that daily sugar consumption should be cut in half. The organization suggests sugar intake stay below 10% of total daily calories, with a goal of consumption dropping to 5%.

“We should aim for 5% if we can,” said Dr. Francesco Brana, WHO nutrition direction, in a news conference on March 5. “But 10% is more realistic.”

This decision is caused by growing concern that “free” sugars — aka glucose, fructose or sucrose, as well as fruit juices, fruit concentrate, syrups and honey added by manufacturers to sweeten foods — could lead to serious health issues, such as obesity, heart disease and tooth decay. 

The fear is that sugar is as dangerous to our health as tobacco. People who consume a 140-calorie sugary drink daily are more likely to die of a stroke or heart attack, according to the Pharmacy Times. The U.S. government estimates show that the average American’s daily diet contains 16% of added sugars.

So how are these sugars expected to be cut? A good start is to consume more natural foods, such as whole fruits, and less processed ones, such as soda.