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SACN’s sugars and health recommendations: why 5%?

Explains the sugar recommendations in the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's (SACN's) carbohydrates and health report.


Why 5%? An explanation of SACN’s recommendations about sugars and health

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This document explains the science behind the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition’s (SACN’s) recommendations about sugar consumption and health, in the context of current intakes of free sugars and other dietary recommendations. It also looks at the changes in dietary habits needed to reduce free sugars to 5% of daily calorie intake to improve and protect health.

Published 17 July 2015