This guideline was prepared by the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety of the World Health Organization (WHO) under the direction of Francesco Branca and coordination of Chizuru Nishida. Jason Montez was the responsible technical officer. WHO gratefully acknowledges the contributions that many individuals and organizations have made to the development of this guideline.
The objective of this guideline is to provide guidance on carbohydrate intake, including intake of dietary fibre and healthy food sources of carbohydrates, to be used by policy-makers, programme managers, health professionals and other stakeholders to promote healthy diets. The guideline was developed following the WHO guideline development process, as outlined in the WHO handbook for guideline development.
This process includes a review of systematically gathered evidence by an international, multidisciplinary group of experts; assessment of the quality of that evidence via the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) framework; and consideration of additional, potentially mitigating factors when translating the evidence into recommendations.