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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have issued a report saying that in order to fight chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes and obesity, people should get no more than 10 percent of their calories from sugar, exercise moderately and eat more fruits and vegetables.

The report suggests that people cut back on foods high in saturated fat and sugar, and cut back on salt intake.

Ironically, Coca-Cola has just launched its own anti-obesity campaign that says people can consume a 12-ounce can of Coke containing 140 calories and 39 grams of sugar and remain slim and fit.

And, the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) issued a press release supporting the World Health Organization recommendations, though it questioned the conclusions about sugar intake.

Mark Nelson, GMA Vice President of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, said, “The report claims that 'added sugars' impact our health differently than naturally-occurring sugars - which makes little nutritional sense for consumers," added Dr. Nelson. "To realistically meet its goal of reducing obesity, the WHO should emphasize that individuals balance their total caloric intake with physical activity in order to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle - and not focus on excluding certain foods from our diets."
KC's View:
Except, of course, in San Antonio…where they clearly should stop all sugar at the city limits…(see next story)