SACN report

Twitterati: industry should lower sugar after SACN

By Nicholas Robinson

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5% sugar reduction 'dramatic' for some on Twitter
5% sugar reduction 'dramatic' for some on Twitter

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Manufacturers must do more to help consumers halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to less than 5%, commentators on Twitter have urged after the release of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's report on carbohydrates today.

The report's recommendation today​ (July 17) that Brits should halve their overall energy intake from free-sugars to 5% resulted in a Twitter storm of demands for the industry to work harder to make food healthier.

That's despite food and drink industry leaders claiming they had already worked hard to make food and drink healthier​ and provide more portion sizes for consumers.

Free-sugars were being added to foods by manufacturers, said Anne Betty RNutr, but they were also naturally found in fruit juice, honey and syrups.

Others questioned whether the report would pave the way for taxes on sugar, with Sarah Archibald commenting: "SACN reports sugar intakes should be <5%. Is it time for pricing policies?"

Consuming a can of full-sugar coke would put Brits over their daily sugar intake under SACN's recommendations, said Andrew Dockerill.

Catherine Collins, ​a full-time National Health Service dietitian, said she was in no doubt that sugar in drinks contributed to weight gain in kids and contributed to adult excess calorie loading.

Meanwhile, here's a selection of the top tweets about the SACN report from this morning.

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Sugar Intake and Obesity

Posted by Victor Goodridge,

Can't consumers regulate their own sugar intake? You only have to read the information on the label!
However, once again I am not confident the "experts" have it right - I do not, and have never, drink/drunk fizzy drinks on a daily basis, and I do not take sugar in any beverages, and yet I am obese. (By the way, I also exercise regularly. Perhaps I should stp eating my 5 a day?)

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