The U.S. Agriculture and Health and Human Services departments have released new dietary guidelines for Americans. The updated guidelines urge Americans to cut back on sugar, limiting their recommended intake of added sugars to 10 percent of daily calories. The U.S. advice to cut back on sugars mirrors recent changes to Canadian nutritional guidelines.
Specifically, in late 2015 Health Canada proposed changes to the way sugars are displayed in the list of ingredients on food products to better inform Canadians of the types of sugars they are consuming. Advising consumers to reduce sugar intake is an ongoing nutritional trend being implemented around the world, as the World Health Organization and other groups argue that lowering added sugar reduces the risk of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.