The definitive list of Brits being amusing about the sugar tax

The definitive list of Brits being amusing about the sugar tax

The definitive list of Brits being amusing about the sugar tax

The sugar tax on soft drinks has now come into effect, but which drinks are affected and is it likely to decrease obesity levels?

The tax will apply to any soft drink with an alcoholic content lower than 1.2% ABV that is ready-to-drink or ready-to-dilute, and that is packaged for sale.

Some soft drinks producers (like AG Barr, who make Irn-Bru) have altered their recipes to reduce sugar content and avoid the tax.

Shortly after the 2016 announcement, Lucozade Ribena Suntory launched Lucozade Zero in the United Kingdom, citing "the nation's changing health agenda". The tax is estimated to raise around £520million which will go to the Department for Education to fund sports in primary schools.

"Introducing the sugary drinks tax is a great start, but is no silver bullet to tackle childhood obesity".

Manufacturers have bumped the prices of some of their best-selling soft drinks in response to the Government's move.

In Hungary the "sweet" tax resulted in a reduction of sugar in beverages is 40%.

Fanta dropped from 6.9g of sugar per 100ml to 4.6g, while Ribena cut its content from 9.9g to just 4.5g.

As of today, these drinks will cost 24p a litre more.

Sceptics are also unsure as to whether making sugary drinks more expensive will make a sizeable reduction to the number of consumers buying them.

Addressing the House of Commons, the MP for North East Somerset said: "I'm not actually in favor of sugar taxes because I don't think it's the job of the government to tell me how much sugar to give to my children".

Insight from our suppliers has suggested that products which contain the highest amounts of sugar could see a percentage increase for operators of up to 35%, albeit on low volume items.

Coca-Cola Great Britain said: 'There is no evidence from anywhere in the world that shows taxing soft drinks reduces obesity rates. However, a FactCheck conducted by TheJournal.ie found that, while consumption might be reduced, the net effect on obesity rates was negligible.

More than 60,000 children had teeth extracted in hospital past year - the equivalent to 141 operations a day. It is the most common reason for children aged 5 to 9 to be admitted to hospital, causing 60,000 missed days of school each year. The price of a can of coke, which contains about seven teaspoons of sugar, has gone up by 8p.

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