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Food labels could soon show how many teaspoons of sugar are in every serve

Deborah Knight

In the latest step in the war against obesity, food labels may soon have to display the number of teaspoons of sugar in each product.

A report from Choice found more than two in three Australians are overweight or obese and says as a country, we don’t know how sugar works.

The report also says we’re eating well in excess of the recommended 12 teaspoons of sugar a day.

Teenage boys are the worst offenders, eating on average 38 teaspoons each day.

Choice is recommending manufacturers use pictures of teaspoons to indicate how much sugar is in a serve.

“I reckon it is a great idea. Spell it out clearly, make the room for confusion minimal,” says Deborah Knight.

Public health lawyer at the George Institute for Global Health Alexandra Jones says “Australia could become a global leader in this area”.

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Deborah Knight
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