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Sugar Tax - What does it mean for you?

April 7, 2018

 

The sugar tax went live yesterday, and if you're not sure what it's all about then here's some info for you:

 

 


Drinks containing 5g of sugar per 100ml taxed at 18p per litre, and those with more than 8g per 100ml taxed at 24p per litre.

 

Brands such as Fanta, Ribena and Lucozade have cut the sugar content of drinks, but Coca-Cola has not.

 

The new tax is levied at manufactures - however it will be upto them whether they pass on the cost to consumers.

 

Pure fruit juices are exempt from the tax as they do not contain 'added sugar'. Also drinks with a high milk content are exempt due to calcium content.

The money raised will be spent by the government on school breakfast clubs and sports initiatives.

 

Everyday 141 children are admitted to hospital to have teeth pulled due to decay - some as young as 1 year old.

 

Public Health England is encouraging parents to switch the majority of children's drinks to water or milk.

 

You can find some great advice on Change4Lifes website about children's recommended sugar intake and ways to swap

 

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/food-facts/healthier-snacks-for-kids/lower-sugar-drinks-for-kids-stop-tooth-decay#HfhHODGYb068qJ9S.97

 

 

 

(Images from bbc news and change4life)

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