Tax cuts sugar in drinks, but we still eat more

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Soft drinks have 29% less sugar on average since a levy was imposed, but we're eating more sugary food.

The sugar tax - officially the soft drinks industry levy - was introduced in April 2018.Brands such as Fanta, Ribena and Irn Bru changed their recipes in response.Sales of soft drinks increased between 2015 and 2018, but shifted towards low- or zero-sugar versions.

Public Health England has a voluntary sugar reduction programme with food manufacturers and retailers. The report says the amount of sugar in foods bought at the supermarket has increased from 723,000 tonnes in 2015 to 743,000 tonnes in 2018.This could be because we are buying more or portion sizes are getting bigger.

 

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Nothing but a tax excuse. Hate sweeteners they taste disgusting. Just causing sweeteners to be substituted. Not innovation or diet adjustments. I’ve taught my son to enjoy sugar in a balanced diet. Where are all the sports facilities school were supposed to get with sugar tax?

Taxing food is a great way to ensure that people eat what the government wants them to eat.

Sounds like another opportunity for Jamie Oliver to advertise his restaurants on BBC news.

If there's a sugar tax why is my sugar free version of a popular branded drink always the same price if not more expensive than the full sugar version. Another feckin Rip off.

I just want Irn Bru back! 🐵

Well duh. I'm diabetic so when I need that sugar I have to pay the sugar tax. It was never to be a deterant, just a new means of taxable income.

It’s almost like Taxing/adding additional costs and regulating stuff has no real impact on people’s preferences. I’m glad the extra money is used so well through...

Lets start with not allowing Coca Cola to sell anything in the UK apart from Coke Zero

The sugar tax is utter bollox, all that has happened is we now have loads of drinks full of chemicals as manufacturers have switched to sweeteners and restaurants/shops forcing artificial sweeteners on customers to avoid the tax.

Because we want it, and don’t like being told what to do

Use to suger sandwiches when I was young never did me any harm

The Government need to make actual policies & laws in the public interest not just attempt to run Britain by tax alone.

Sugar is found even in milk. It's just awful.

The sugar tax is stupid what should happen is have the NHS charge for obesity related care

Takes time but it works. Taste buds adjust to the point where you can not go back.

But I'm guessing the state won't stop the stealing?

Cutting sugar nor applying taxes will help. Greedy people will be over weight regardless. So sick of having to pay more for alcohol, sweets etc because someone else can’t control themselves. They are responsible not me

Sugar is just another addictive substance. People will buy it on the black market if they have to.

It's naïve to think that demonising one food is going to cut obesity. People just need to eat less. Eat whatever you like, but don't eat as much as you like.

In China or this country.

No one’s really gonna stop drinking sodas or any kind of sugar drinks, even despite taxes! 🤷🏼‍♂️

So your telling me the tax made little difference 🧐🧐

Increase it even more and designate it towards the medical treatment these people will need in the future

Em doesn’t fruit contain the most sugar fuckwitretards

Generally speaking people don't like being told what to do. Give out facts let the individual decide easypeasy

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the reason for excessive sugar consumption is caused by; A. Busy lifestyles where few have the time to cook proper nutritious meals. B. A lack of nutrients in almost everything these days because its all imported force-grown shite.

There are more American desert shop franchises in the UK than ever pumping out diabetes to the low IQ population

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