Publication Details

This article was originally published as: Williams, P, Sugar: is there a need for a dietary guideline?, Australian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2001, 58(1), 26-31. The definitive version is available at Nutrition & Dietetics is the official journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Copyright 2001 Blackwell Publishing.


There have been dietary guidelines in Australia since 1979 and all editions have included recommendations about sugar. This paper reviews changing recommendations in Australia, current levels of conumption, recent studies on the potential effects of nutrient dilution and dental caries, and discusses potential risks associated with a dietary guideline.