Call for public comments on scoping of reviews and updating of WHO guidelines on the intake of carbohydrates, polyunsaturated fatty acids and non-sugar sweeteners

Oct 18, 2016
World Health Organization - Department of Nutrition for Health and Development

The WHO Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD), through the work of the Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health, is updating the population nutrient intake goals for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) established in 1989 by the WHO Study Group on Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases and later updated by the 2002 Joint WHO/FAO Expert Consultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases. As a result of this work, WHO has released updated guidance on sodium, potassium and sugars, and new guidelines on intake of total dietary fat, saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids are being finalized for release. 

Furthering this work, development of guidelines for carbohydrates other than sugars – including dietary fibre and starch – and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have been initiated. Development of guidance on the intake of non-sugar sweeteners has also been initiated as their use is widespread and they continue to be heavily promoted as healthy alternatives to sugars. Use of non-sugar sweeteners may further increase as countries adopt and implement WHO recommendations on sugars intake. 

The objective of these three guidelines will be to provide recommendations on the consumption of carbohydrates, PUFA and non-sugar sweeteners, to reduce the risk of overweight, obesity and diet-related NCDs in adults and children.

The guidelines are being developed in accordance with WHO’s procedures for evidence-informed guideline development. As part of this process, WHO Member States and all relevant stakeholders are invited to comment on the key questions that have been developed in PICO format (Population, Intervention, Comparator, Outcome) as a result of the guideline scoping phase of the development process. The questions will be used to guide the development of systematic reviews which will provide the evidence base for the formulation of recommendations. 

The public consultation will be open through 8 November 2016. The comments and inputs provided through the public consultation will then be provided to the NUGAG Subgroup on Diet and Health for review and consideration. 

To participate in the public consultation, please visit the WHO website.