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New Report Calls for Diet with Less Sugar

Health experts say people should get no more than ten percent of their daily calories from sugar. The recommendations are contained in a new report commissioned by two U-N agencies.

It's aimed at stemming the global epidemic of obesity-linked diseases. Concerns about sugar intake aren't new, but very few experts have recommended a specific limit -- until now. The report says people should restrict consumption of added sugar -- meaning sugar not naturally present in honey, syrups and fruit juices -- to below ten percent of calories.

The findings were compiled by a panel of 30 international experts. Their recommendations on how much fat, grains, protein, salt and fruits and vegetables people should eat also are in line with prevailing opinion.

The experts also recommend one hour of daily exercise. The food industry says the report misses the mark -- insisting more exercise is the key to ending obesity.

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