- A new survey by Action on Sugar as part of Sugar Awareness Week, has put supermarkets and convenience stores under fire for supplying high sugar lunches.
- Meal deals – which offer a sandwich, wrap or salad as well as a snack and a drink for a discounted price – can contain a whopping 30 teaspoons of sugar!
- That’s more than three times the recommended daily intake of sugar – in just one meal!
Lunchtime meal or sugar bomb? Perhaps, both…
As meal deals offer a range of products to “mix and match”, selecting items that contain a sugar-laden sauce, fizzy drink and even confectionery, will increase the total sugar content.
However, the survey also highlighted that by making simple swaps, customers can cut down on their sugar intake by choosing a lunch option containing less than two teaspoons of sugar. It’s simply about making healthier choices.
Chairman of Action on Sugar, Graham MacGregor, says, “Eating too much sugar is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and tooth decay. Supermarkets pretend to be on the side of their customer’s health to encourage loyalty, but this survey clearly shows that they are not. The government now needs to take decisive action to ban all promotions of unhealthy foods.”
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