Progress report on sugar reduction in the UK between 2015 and 2018

Public Health England (PHE) released a progress report on the voluntary sugar reduction programme. This programme aims to reduce sugar by 20% by 2020 in food products  that are most frequently consumed in children up to the age of 18. This report focuses on manufacturer-branded and retail own-brand products purchased, while also including food purchased outside of the home, e.g. in restaurants and cafes.

Key findings include:

  • An overall 2.9% reduction in average sugar content among retail and manufacturer-branded products per 100g.
  • Breakfast cereals along with yoghurts and fromage frais have had the largest reduction (8.5% and 10.3% respectively).
  • The average sugar content of drinks has decreased by 28.8%.

The decrease of sugar in products such as breakfast cereals and sugary drinks shows that reformulation of products to a healthier standard is possible.

Posted: 23/09/2019 09:05:45 by Niall Grieve
Filed under: Government, Health, PHE, Sugar, Sugary drinks


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