SACN, an independent body of expert nutritionists, was asked by the Department of Health and the Food Standards Agency to examine the latest evidence on the links between consumption of carbohydrates, sugars, starch and fibre and a range of health outcomes – such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, bowel health and tooth decay – to ensure the government’s position was up-to-date.
In particular, SACN advises:
- the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages should be minimised
- to increase fibre in the diet by having more fruit and vegetables and wholegrain foods
- starchy carbohydrates should still form basis of your diet
Free sugars are those added to food, for example sucrose (table sugar) and glucose, or those naturally present in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices. However they exclude lactose in milk and milk products.