Importance of retaining a national dietary guideline for sugar Academic Article uri icon


  • The Australian Dietary Guidelines are currently being revised and updated. There has been public discussion about the advisability of retaining a guideline for sugar because of insufficient evidence linking sugar consumption to ill health. However, there are concerns about the quality of the self-reported food intake data on which this conclusion is based. In addition, the doubling in diabetes prevalence in Australia in the past 20 years, which is linked to increased obesity from consumption of energy-dense foods, including those with added sugars (sugar-sweetened drinks being particularly important), provides a strong rationale for retaining a dietary guideline for sugar.

publication date

  • August 6, 2001