World Health Organisation warns people are eating twice as much sugar as they should be

A worker mixes red icing sugar in Aschheim near Munich September 16, 2010. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle Thomson ReutersA worker mixes red icing sugar

Adults and children must cut amount of sugar they consume every day in fizzy drinks and sweet foods to lower their risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organisation said.

People should reduce the amount to less than 10 per cent of their daily energy intake — about 50 grams or 12 teaspoons of sugar for adults which is about half the current rate in North and South America, experts at the U.N. body told Reuters.

A cut to less than 5 per cent would be even better, they added.

“We have solid evidence that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10 per cent of total energy intake reduces the risk of overweight, obesity and tooth decay,” Dr. Francesco Branca, Director of WHO’s Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay)

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