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Which drinks are affected by the sugar tax?

08 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Health taxes 'can reduce consumption' of harmful products among the poor

It states that one in ten Brits consume half their daily recommended sugar allowance of eight teaspoons of sugar by 11am, and that 40pc of the 2,000 Brits surveyed admitted they pay no attention to the amount of sugar in the food and drink they consume.

Coca-Cola is among the soft drinks makers not to change its recipes in light of the introduction of the United Kingdom government's sugar tax.

"While the sugar tax may have pushed some brands to progress at speed, or make changes more publically, the movement towards healthier alternatives pre-dates the March 2016 budget". Professor Nava Ashraf, from the London School of Economics, is a leader in the field of behavioural economics.

'Our teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks each year on average, fuelling a worrying obesity trend in this country, ' Public Health Minister Steve Brine said.

FOOD taxes hit the least well-off the hardest - and experts say there's little evidence they fight obesity.

Earlier this year, in an effort to improve the diet of its citizens, the Norwegian government increased the current tax on chocolate, candies and soft drinks by as much as 83 percent.

- Why are the British Government introducing the tax?


This equates to additional £0.18 per litre for drinks with 5g or more of sugar per 100ml, while drinks with more than 8g per 100ml will face a tax rate of £0.24 per litre.

Labor's position is similar, while the Greens have endorsed a 20 percent increase on sugar-sweetened drinks as part of a broader obesity prevention strategy.

A child has a rotten tooth pulled out in hospital every 10 minutes, Public Health England (PHE) has said, appealing to parents at the launch of the government's sugar tax to switch their children's drinks to mostly milk and water.

In Hungary the "sweet" tax resulted in a reduction of sugar in beverages is 40%.

These costs will also rise in pubs and restaurants.

The reduction in sugar was large: Fanta Orange saw a 33% decrease, Fruit Twist went down by 25% and the lemon flavour saw the biggest drop with a 46% decrease in the amount of sugar in a bottle. The revenue generated will be put into the Primary Sports Premium, the creation of a Healthy Pupils Capital Fund to help schools upgrade their sports facilities, and give children access to top quality PE equipment. However, a FactCheck conducted by TheJournal.ie found that, while consumption might be reduced, the net effect on obesity rates was negligible. Similarly, he mentioned that the government would consider implementing a similar tax on candies and chocolate, if they felt it was a necessary step towards encouraging healthier recipes.

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