Give Up Loving Pop welcomes new report that recommends halving sugar intake

Give Up Loving Pop welcomes new report that recommends halving sugar intake

Give Up Loving Pop (a campaign from the Food Active team) welcomes a new report released today which recommends that we should all drastically reduce our sugar intake; so that sugar makes up only 5% of an individual’s total daily energy intake.

The report, from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), introduces guidance which is likely to have a significant impact upon the public as well as the food and drink industry. The new recommended 5% limit will mean that products such as crisps and chocolate bars should be regarded as “once or twice a week” luxuries, not as snacks to be eaten every day.

Robin Ireland, Director of the Give Up Loving Pop campaign, has responded to the report:

“That the report released today recommends a halving on the previous guidance is a big win for the public’s health and the Give Up Loving Pop campaign. However, given that the new recommendations will mean moving from an intake of 50-70g per day (for women and men respectively) to 25-35g per day, it will be vital that the government and the food and drink industry step-up and take action to make it easier for the public to adhere to the new guidelines. Take sugary drinks as an example; one standard can of coke contains 39g of sugar, so just by drinking one can a day you would exceed your recommended daily intake.”

For media enquiries / interviews please email: matthew.donnelly@hegroup.org.uk / telephone: 0151 237 2686.


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GulpobesitySACNsugarsugary drinks

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