Sugar in our diets
Reducing Sugar in the Diet
Food and drink manufacturers are working with the Government as it embarks on a
highly ambitious sugars reduction drive.
In this short video, FDF's Chief Scientific Officer Helen Munday explains what
this process involves and what it will mean for manufacturers, retailers, café
and restaurant owners. Importantly, the video also explains the changes
will begin to see as a result of these collective efforts.
When too many calories
are consumed (from whatever source) and left unbalanced
with physical activity, this will lead to weight gain.
A comprehensive science review carried out by the independent advisory nutrition
committee to UK Government confirmed that sugars can be enjoyed safely as part
a varied diet. The report made clear that excess sugars leads to excess
calories, and it is the excess calories that are linked to obesity and its
than sugars specifically.
Also, while some have claimed that foods can be “addictive”, the
support this theory.
UK 'free-sugars' consumption is on a long-term downward trend...
If sugar is present in food and drinks this is included within the ingredients
list. It must also be listed in the nutritional information. Under EU law this
must be provided as 'total sugars'.
There are practical barriers to labelling sugars in teaspoons
A teaspoon isn't a precise or consistent unit for measuring nutrient
content which is why grams are used.
Most packaged products carry front-of-pack nutrition information for
energy (calories) plus fat, saturates, sugars and salt in grams. Dietitians
encourage people to look at all of this information, not only sugar, so they
what's in their overall diet.
Last reviewed: 13 Apr 2017