Consumption of a single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines for an adult. According to the BC Dairy Association (BCDA), other drink alternatives should be considered.

Sugar consumption is one of the biggest nutrition concerns for parents, teachers and health professionals alike. Draft guidelines regarding added sugar were recently released from the World Health Organization (WHO) and reported by the BBC. These guidelines suggest that less than 5% of calories come from sugar. This is a 50% reduction from previous recommendations.

According to Health Canada, soft drink intake is the number one source of added sugar in youth and adult diets. Consumption of a single can of pop per day exceeds the WHO sugar guidelines for an adult.

As part of Canada’s National Nutrition Month, Health Canada is encouraging citizens to limit their sugar intake. The health body is recommending that Canadians quench their thirst primarily with water and milk. To further support this message, dietitians at the BC Dairy Association have re-designed and re-released a useful resource titled “Thirst for Nutrition: Add Value to Your Choices”.

This is an interactive brochure that allows individuals to determine if they are getting enough fluid, to identify if people making healthy choices, and helping people to develop a realistic plan of action for improving their choices.

source: digitaljournal