The sugar in Britain’s shopping basket is on the rise

    18 March 2016


    As the Office for National Statistics releases its Consumer Price Inflation basket of goods, health and wellness provider Benenden has analysed the contents of this year’s basket to reveal how much sugar this year’s new products add to the basket.

    Comparing items that have been removed and added to the basket this year, Benenden found these changes equate to an extra 28.7 grams of total sugar or approximately six teaspoons — the amount of sugar the World Health Organisation advocates an adult consume in one day. In addition, analysing the complete list of food content in the 2016 basket of goods showed the overall sugar content of the foods we buy stands at 1,265 grams, compared to 1,236 grams last year. This means the average person is consuming more sugar than ever before, despite a call from the Government to manufacturers to reduce their sugar content in the foods that they produce.

    In addition, Benenden has also put the entire sugar content of the basket of goods, all 157 food and drink items, on its website: a handy reference for consumers when buying their weekly shop. It really brings the issue to light: food and drink companies are not doing enough to limit the amount of sugar in everyday products.

    Over the past few years, sugar has become an increasingly important health concern for us all, as we strive to reduce the amount we consume in our diets. The Government advises adults to consume no more than 90g of their reference intakes of total sugar a day.

    Jane Abbott, clinical director at Benenden, said: ‘As sugar is in most foods in our diet it can be quite difficult to avoid them and reduce consumption. Plus some foods and drinks that you would naturally expect to have no sugar has it in — which is confusing to consumers. This infographic and analysis of the 157 products and their sugar content was developed by Benenden to show people — in a quick and easy way — just how much sugar is in the products they consume, to help them manage a healthy diet.’

    This article was originally published by Benenden.