Dietary Sugar: Public Health Perspective

N. P. Steyn, N. J. Temple

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This article summarizes the main conditions associated with a high sugar intake. There is evidence for a positive association of sugar with dental caries, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and to a lesser extent with micronutrient dilution and cardiovascular disease. Based on the available evidence, various expert bodies recommend that sugar intake should not exceed around 25-50g per day (about 5-10% of energy intake), which is comparable to that recommended as the maximum for the prevention of dental caries, namely 41-50g per day. This translates to one can (340ml) of sugar-sweetened beverage, which contains about 40g of sugar or eight teaspoons of sugar.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Toxicology
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780123864543
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan. 2014


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Dental caries
  • Hyperactivity
  • Micronutrients
  • Obesity
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Type 2 diabetes


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