Soft drinks prices set to spike


How much sugar should I be having a day: 30g for adults, 26g for 7 to 10-year-olds and 19g for 4 to 6-year-olds.

The levy will apply to added sugar drinks with a total sugar content of 5g or more per 100ml - full details here.

The sugar tax was announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his budget statement in 2017. The Government is in favour of them reformulating their recipes to include less sugar.

To coincide with the introduction of the soft drinks levy, Public Health England is launching a new Change4Life campaign to encourage parents to swap children's sugary drinks for healthier alternatives such as water and lower fat milks after data showed a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital every ten minutes due to preventable tooth decay. Many fizzy drinks and energy drinks will feel the brunt of the taxation. But recently it's been a scramble to find innovative ways to rethink their manufacturing processes and successfully reduce sugar content, without a potentially profit devastating change in taste.

"Untreated dental care remains one of the most prevalent and preventable diseases affecting children and young people's ability to speak, eat, play and socialise". We're delighted that the soft drinks industry have risen to the challenge and taken tonnes of sugar out of their products.

Other brands with 8g of sugar or more include Red Bull, 7Up and Pepsi.

What is the sugar tax?

According to one politician, British teenagers consume almost a bathtub of sugary drinks every year, or 234 cans using slightly more rational units.

The UK's sugar tax has launched, placing a levy on drinks with high levels of added sugar.

He said: "As an industry we recognise we have a role to play in tackling obesity". She added that they were working to help Global Positioning System have the "incredibly sensitive conversations" with parents about tackling their children's weight.