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A definition of free sugars for the UK

  • Gillian E Swan (a1), Natasha A Powell (a1), Bethany L Knowles (a1), Mark T Bush (a1) and Louis B Levy (a1)...

Abstract

Public Health England has set a definition for free sugars in the UK in order to estimate intakes of free sugars in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. This follows the recommendation from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in its 2015 report on Carbohydrates and Health that a definition of free sugars should be adopted. The definition of free sugars includes: all added sugars in any form; all sugars naturally present in fruit and vegetable juices, purées and pastes and similar products in which the structure has been broken down; all sugars in drinks (except for dairy-based drinks); and lactose and galactose added as ingredients. The sugars naturally present in milk and dairy products, fresh and most types of processed fruit and vegetables and in cereal grains, nuts and seeds are excluded from the definition.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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* Corresponding author: Email gillian.swan@phe.gov.uk

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A definition of free sugars for the UK

  • Gillian E Swan (a1), Natasha A Powell (a1), Bethany L Knowles (a1), Mark T Bush (a1) and Louis B Levy (a1)...

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