Recommended sugar intake halved to 5% total calories
In practical terms, an average adult woman should consume no more than 6 tsp of added sugar a day (25g), and men no more that 7 tsp (31.25g) per day.
Children should have less, no more than 5 tsp (19g) a day for children aged 4-6 years old, and no more than 6 tsp (24g) for children aged 7-10 years old.
To put this into context, a can of fizzy drink contains approx. 9 tsp of sugar, so would be over the limit. The sugars we are concerned about are known as ‘free sugars’ (not to be confused with those found naturally in milk and fruit) and they include:
Table sugar (sugar cane/beet)
High fructose corn syrup
Molasses or Treacle
Rice malt syrup
Coconut blossom syrup
Unsweetened fruit juice
Fruit juice concentrate
Check labels: anything ending in “-ose” is a sugar.
According to the Department of Health: “Too much sugar leads to excess calorie intake, weight gain and obesity, itself leading to heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes in adults.”