Panel: 10-percent Limit on Daily Sugar Intake

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February 22, 2015

A group of government-appointed nutritional experts is recommending that Americans limit their daily sugar intake to 10 percent of total calories.

If the recommendation is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dietary guidelines, which are due out later in 2015, it will be the first such strict limit on sugar intake. Guidelines issued in previous years have urged Americans to cut back on sugar but included no numerical target.

The 10-percent figure is equivalent to 12 teaspons of sugar, or the amount contained in one typical 16-ounce sugary drink.

The sugar limit recommendation is part of a wider report titled Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The report has four main sections and a group of appendices.

A total of 15 doctors from across the country made up the panel.

Among the committee's other recommendations was a focus on increasing intake of key nutrients. Among those that the committee found to be consumed at levels below the existing dietary guidelines' Estimated Average Requirement were vitamins A, C, D, and E; calcium; fiber; folate; magnesium; and potassium.

The report is available online for written comment until April 8.

U.S. dietary guidlines are revised every five years.

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