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WHO updated guidelines on fats, carbohydrates and non-sugar sweeteners

July 2023 of WHO updated guidance on total fat, saturated and trans-fat and carbohydrates, please click on the imagery below to access the new guidelines

The three new guidelines, Saturated fatty acid and trans-fatty acid intake for adults and childrenTotal fat intake for the prevention of unhealthy weight gain in adults and children, and Carbohydrate intake for adults and childrencontain recommendations that aim to reduce the risk of unhealthy weight gain and diet-related noncommunicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer

In first time guidance for children and adolescents WHO suggests the following intakes of vegetables and fruits:

  • 2–5 years old, at least 250 g per day
  • 6–9 years old, at least 350 g per day
  • 10 years or older, at least 400 g per day 

And the following intakes of naturally occurring dietary fibre:

  • 2–5 years old, at least 15 g per day
  • 6–9 years old, at least 21 g per day
  • 10 years or older, at least 25 g per day.

These new guidelines, together with existing WHO guidelines on free sugars, non-sugar sweeteners and sodium, as well as forthcoming guidelines on polyunsaturated fatty acids and low-sodium salt substitutes, underpin the concept of healthy diets. 

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