Auckland: Cutting down on sugar should be part of a global strategy to tackle the obesity epidemic, says a study commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO).The finding is based on an analysis of 8,000 trials and 10,000 cohort studies by Lisa Te Morenga and Jim Mann from Otago University`s Department of Human Nutrition and Edgar National Centre for Diabetes and Obesity research, which provides evidence that cutting down on sugar has a "small but significant" effect on body weight.Otago University is New Zealand`s oldest varsity.The WHO has previously recommended that intake of "free sugars" should be less than 10 percent of total energy intake. Free sugars are sugars that are added to foods by the manufacturer, cook, or consumer, plus those naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices, the British Medical Journal reports.The WHO asked the Otago-led group to analyse the results of controlled trials and cohort studies of sugar intake and body fatness and review the evidence on the association between consuming free sugars and body weight in adults and children, according to an Otago statement.
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