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The Report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics highlights the importance of decreasing the high consumption of all discretionary foods in the Australian diet.
The Report looked at both added sugars and free sugars intake in the Australian population based on the 2011-2012 National Nutrition Survey. It found that whilst 52% of Australian adults exceeded the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommended intake for free sugars, the mean intake for adults was relatively close at 10.9%. The 2015 WHO recommendations for free sugars suggesting limiting consumption to less than 10% of total energy.
Intake of both added and free sugars varied across the life stage, with intake the highest amongst teenage boys (14-18 years) and then intake declined with age.
The largest source of free sugars in the Australian diet were discretionary or 'treat' foods and drinks (e.g. sweetened drinks, cakes, muffins, scones and confectionary) at 81 per cent. Previous reports from the ABS have shown that the Australian diet is unbalanced with 36 per cent of total dietary energy for adults and 42 per cent for children coming from discretionary foods.
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