More than half of adults in Glasgow admit to being careless about their sugar consumption, according to new research - with 40 percent saying they don’t monitor their weekly sugar intake.
Research commissioned by Ricola sugar-free confectionary also found that just over a third of adults admit to enjoying sweets or sugary treats every day.
The survey has been released as part of Ricola’s new Sugar Swap campaign, which encourages people to carefully consider their weekly sugar intake and swap high sugar content confectionary for low sugar alternatives.
Leading UK dietician, Kirsten Crothers, said: “Frequent intake of foods which are high in sugar can lead to obesity and other associated life threatening conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, as with many health messages, people are confused about what to eat and how to make lower sugar changes to their diet. Practical education is needed within the UK to help what is now a health crisis.”
Whilst the UK is becoming more educated on the harmful effects of too much sugar in the diet, many are still misled by conflicting guidance around sugar-laden snacks such as sweetened drinks, cereal, chocolate, sweets and fruit juice. Latest government advice recommends that adults should consume no more than 30g of sugar per day, the equivalent of less than a single can of Coca-Cola.
Andy Richman from Ricola, said: “We’re very keen to drum home the message that adults do not need added sugar in their diets. Just by swapping high sugar content snacks to healthier options, you can make a huge difference to your overall health.”