Less sugar for a healthier diet


Brazil will be one of the first in the world to do according to the industry to reduce the sugar in processed foods Brazil wants to reduce 144,000 tons of sugar cakes and cake mixes, dairy products, chocolate, sweetened drinks and filled biscuits. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Health, Gilberto Occhi, and the presidents of associations of the productive sector of food. By setting the goal by 2022, Brazil stands out as one of the first countries in the world to seek the reduction of sugar in processed foods. The agreement follows the same parameter has been done to reduce the sodium, which took more than 17 tons of processed foods sodium four years.
The monitoring of the reduction will be done every two years by the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the first analysis at the end of 2020. They are part of the agreement to the Brazilian Association of Food Industries (ABIA), the Brazilian Association of Industries Soft Drinks and Non-Alcoholic Beverages (ABIR), the Brazilian Association of Biscuit Industries, Pasta and Breads and Cakes Industrialized (ABIMAPI) and the Brazilian Association of Dairy (Dairy Viva).
To establish the goals of the five categories of food, the Ministry of Health analyzed criteria involving from the consumption and distribution of food in sugar to the need to reduce the maximum levels of food; Falling free sugar content not result in increased energy and addition or substitution of sweeteners, in addition to the percentage of products to be redesigned to achieve the goal.
Considering the products with higher sugar, biscuits and dairy products will have the greatest goal percentages for reducing the food, with the goal of removing 62.4% and 53.9% sugar composition, respectively. For cakes, the target is up to 32.4% and the cake mixes, up to 46.1% sugar content. As for the chocolate drinks, has the goal to fall to 10.5% and 33.8% to sugary drinks.
Chronic diseases
Brazilians consume 50% more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). This means that each day, each Brazilian consumes on average 18 teaspoons of product (corresponding to 80 g sugar / day), when the recommended would be up to 12. Of this total, 64% corresponds to the added sugars, one teaspoon the more you put in food. The rest of the consumption is the sugar found in processed foods.
High consumption of sugar already impacts the increase of chronic non-communicable diseases. In the last decade, diabetes grew 54% in men and 28.5% in women. Another disease that has grown among Brazilians, and which is related to high consumption of sugar, is obesity. The clinical condition has risen more than 60%.
habits change
The incentive for a proper and healthy eating and physical activity is a priority of the federal government. In 2017, the Ministry of Health internationally adopted targets to curb the growth of overweight and obesity in the country. The compromise was to stop the growth of obesity in the adult population by 2019; reducing regular consumption of soda and artificial juice by at least 30% in the adult population and extend at least 17.8% the percentage of adults who consume fruits and vegetables regularly.
Another action to promote healthy eating is the publication of the Food Guide for the Brazilian population. Recognized worldwide for its comprehensive approach, the publication directs the population with recommendations on healthy diet based mainly in food consumption raw or minimally processed.
Agency Health.


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