Study reveals lunch meal deals are packed full of sugar

31 October 2017

New findings from Action on Sugar have revealed certain lunchtime meal deals sold by supermarkets and retailers contain more than four times an adult’s daily maximum intake sugar.

The worst offenders among the popular “mix and match” offers were two meals from WH Smith and Tesco that each contained 30 teaspoons of sugar - equivalent to the amount of sugar in 79 chocolate fingers. Survey results also revealed that 7 out of 10 (72%) meal deal drinks sold in Morrisons are high (red) in sugar.

Whilst the findings, launched to coincide with Sugar Awareness Week (30th October – 5th November), reveal that low sugar meal deal options are available with some combinations containing less than one teaspoon of sugar, the majority of retailers are failing to promote healthy choices to their consumers. 

Action on Sugar is calling on retailers to ban all drinks and confectionery that would attract a red traffic light label (indicating it is high in sugar) from such cut-price combinations, and to include wider choices of healthy options such as fresh fruit and water.

Read Action on Sugar's full press release here.

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