Scientific Advisory Committee prepares to discuss carbs

10 June, 2015

A government nutrition board will meet next week to discuss the SACN Carbohydrates and Health report.

The report expected to be published this July by The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN); however a date has not yet been confirmed.

The meeting will be held on 17 June at Skipton House. Since the draft report was published, the committee have since been making amendments in accordance to responses from a consultation on the report.

The report aims to provide clarification of the relationship between dietary carbohydrates and health and make public health recommendations.

This comes after the director general of the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) published an open letter to the NHS complaining of its “demonisation” of sugar.

Ian Wright wrote the letter in response to Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive, following his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show and interview in The Times this week. Wright said he supported the aim to tackle obesity, he argued that it is unfair to characterise an everyday ingredient such as sugar as “poison”. 

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