Sugar Awareness Week 2018

Archived news: published on Thursday 15 Nov 2018 by Fife Council

 Economy, Planning and Employability Services, have given their support in the battle against eating too much sugar to coincide with Sugar awareness week taking place from the 12th – 18th November 2018.


This year’s theme is ‘Eating out’.  Action on Sugar states that more than a ¼ of adults and a 1/5 of children eat out at least once a week, and are highlighting the amount of sugars in milkshakes. In one case, a serving came in at 1,280 calories and 39 teaspoons of  sugar.  This equates to more than half  the daily recommended amount of calories for an adult and more than six times the amount of sugar recommended for seven to 10-year-olds.  These very high calorie drinks if consumed on a daily basis, would result in children with tooth decay and becoming obese.


Environmental Health (Food and Workplace Safety) are taking part by delivering interactive workshops to primary schools. They show pupils how to recognise products with high sugar content, and how to identify lower sugar alternatives by reading the labels on food and drinks. There is also a taste test challenge using pancakes that demonstrate products lower in sugar can taste just as good or better than the higher sugar versions.


Natalie Carlton from the team comments, “Reducing sugar  intake doesn’t have to be difficult, with simple changes such as, Reading  nutritional food labels, say no to supersizing, opt for smaller portions , sharing a dessert.”


There is a free Food Switch UK app available. Thiswill help consumers make healthier and more informed choices when shopping by showing traffic light colour labelling system and recommending healthier alternatives.
Requests for free Food Labelling Matters workshops are available to schools and community groups Fife wide.

FoodSwitch is a free, UK-only download from iTunes and Google Play.


For more information contact    Further information:


Media contact: Lisa McCann, Service Manager - Environmental Health (Food & Workplace Safety  - Email:


Natalie Carlton, Environmental Health Adviser 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 68 47 Contact Natalie Carlton online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
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