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Jun 6, 2017 / Richard Hall

UK diet – beverages and sugar

Following on from yesterday’s blog about general British dietary trends, today I have extracted some more detailed findings on beverages and sugar.

• Household consumption of low calorie soft drinks overtook regular soft drinks in 2015.

• Non-milk extrinsic sugars fell from 14.8% of total food energy intake in 2001/02 to 12.8% in 2015, but remain substantially above recommendations.

• Soft drinks accounted for 15% of household non-milk extrinsic sugars in 2015.

• Alcohol accounted for 15.3% of weekly household spending on all food and drink.

• Self reported alcohol consumption “could be 40 per cent or more lower than actual consumption.”

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