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Action on Sugar announces this year’s Sugar Awareness Week

Action on Sugar is a registered charity, funded by donations, concerned with the effects of sugar on our health. Its role is to work with the food industry and Government to bring about a reduction in the amount of sugar in the processed foods that we eat.

Sugar Awareness Week – Action on Sugar announces 11th – 17th November 2019 as this year’s Sugar Awareness Week.

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Added sugars shouldn't make up more than 5% of your calorie intake each day – for adults this is about 30g of sugar a day. Don’t cut down on fruit as it's an important part of achieving a healthy, balanced diet. Instead watch out for the sugar content of the foods that you buy.

Check out the food labels on products you buy to see how much sugar the food contains.

Look for the "Carbohydrates (of which sugars)" figure to see how much sugar the product contains for every 100g:

  • A food is high in sugar if it has more than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g of the product
  • A food is low in sugar if it has 5g or less of total sugars per 100g of the product

Top tip - the nearer to the beginning of the ingredient list the sugar is, the more sugar the product contains. If the product compares the sugar content to a smaller amount of the product (e.g. 40g) ask yourself, is it trying to hide how much sugar there is?

By Richard Holmes, Managing Director of Working Health

Take part in Sugar Awareness Week!

For more information on Sugar Awareness Week and to access resources and information on how to reduce your sugar intake go to: www.actiononsugar.org

 

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