Sugar Smart Cornwall

The results of our recent sugar smart survey are in! 

Nearly 900 of you got involved in our survey where we asked what you thought about sugar in the food and drink you eat outside of the home. The top reasons given for concern about sugar were weight, obesity, dental health, diabetes and impact on mood. 

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Here's what else you had to say:

  • 85% were worried about the amount of sugar in food and drink
  • 83% think that sugar has an impact on their health and wellbeing,

and here’s how it varied across age groups:

  • 80% of <16 year olds think sugar has an impact on their health
  • 79% of 17-18 year olds think sugar has an impact on their health
  • 82% of 19-29 year olds think sugar has an impact on their health
  • 83% of 30-49 year olds think sugar has an impact on their health
  • 85% of over 50 year olds think sugar has an impact on their health
  • 65% think that sugar has an impact on their family’s health and wellbeing
  • 72% consider the amount of sugar in a product when buying food or drink at a shop, café, restaurant or takeaway
  • 77% would be more likely to use a café or restaurant if it had healthier options available
  • And a whopping 98% think that it’s important to have healthy food and drinks options available when eating out!

We asked you to tell us the top three locations where action on sugar is needed most:

  • 73% want to see action on sugar in secondary schools
  • 71% chose early years settings and primary schools
  • 54% want cafes, restaurants and takeaways to sell healthier food
  • And the top three recommendations for making it easier for people to choose healthier options away from the home included:
    • Making free drinking water available across Cornwall
    • Making the sugar content of food clearer, including the labelling and nutritional content of recipes
    • Increasing general awareness of the health impacts of sugar

Sugar Smart Cornwall is working with different organisations and businesses to make it easier for us all to choose healthier options when buying or eating food outside the home. 

Worried about sugar and its impact on health? Interested in joining the Sugar Smart movement in Cornwall?

Sign up to Sugar Smart today as a group or organisation and pledge your Sugar Smart action.

No more than 5% of our total energy intake should come from sugar. This means different amounts of sugar for different age groups:

  • For children aged 4 to 6 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 5 sugar cubes or 19g.
  • For children aged 7 to 10 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 6 sugar cubes or 24g.
  • For anyone aged over 11 years old the maximum amount of added sugar per day is 7 sugar cubes or 30g.

We’re working with a range of partners to help make these changes, including Cornwall Food Foundation, Cornwall Council Health Promotion team, Brighter Smiles, Little Kitchen Magicians, Cornwall Council Public Health team.