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Expert reaction to study looking at the sugar levels in UK soft drinks following government levy

Posted On: 11 Feb 2020   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

Research, published in PLoS Medicine, reports that the sugar levels in UK soft drinks have lowered since the government levy.
Prof Tom Sanders, Professor emeritus of Nutrition and Dietetics, King's College London , said:
“While this research provides evidence that the levy has resulted in food industry lowering the sugar content of soft drinks, this research does not show that total added sugar in the UK diet has fallen in the UK diet. Sweets, cakes and biscuits are important sources of added sugar and there is a trend for increased consumption of these food especially in those on low incomes. Furthermore, previous research with low calorie sweetened drinks shows that consumer compensate for the reduced calorie intake by increasing energy intake from other sources. It is also worth noting that only one third of the cost of the levy was passed on to consumers for high sugar drinks.”
Prof Amelia Lake, Professor in Public Health Nutrition, Teesside University, said:
“In an attempt to curb rates of obesity,...

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