Food Standards Scotland has published a reminder of the need to curb our addiction to sugar.
This latest reminder comes after Food Standards Scotland published its report entitled The Scottish Diet: It needs to change, which highlights the health risks associated with consuming too many calorific foods with little nutritional value.
The report goes on to highlight how almost 25% of the nation’s sugar consumption comes from sugary drinks and 50% from unhealthy foods.
‘Scotland, like the rest of Britain, is addicted to sugar, and we are all paying the price,’ Colwyn Jones, consultant in dental public health and member of the British Dental Association’s Scottish Council, said.
‘Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admissions among young children.
‘The BDA believes the Government has a clear duty to send the strongest possible signal to retailers and the food industry in general, that while added sugar might be helping their sales, it is hurting their customers.
‘The new report provides us with yet another reminder of how our diets are making us ill and how consuming sugary and high-fat foods has become the norm rather than an occasional treat.
‘The urge to resist change may be strong, but solutions can be found when consumers, the food and drink industry, media and the Government all work together.’