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What do Brits know about sugar, and what are the benefits of cutting back?

11 September, 2015

We recently asked 2,000 people in an online survey with OnePoll* about their sugar habits and knowledge, and found some surprising results. Take a look at our infographic for the highlights!

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The results also showed a clear need for more clarity on labelling of products, as 54% of respondents admitted that they wanted to reduce their sugar consumption, but just one in five could decipher whether a product contains sugar by reading ingredient labels.

What are the benefits of going sugar free? 

As well as reducing your risk of tooth decay, you may also experience weight loss, improved skin and increased energy levels! Giving up processed sugar can have many benefits on your oral health and overall health. Sugar-Free-September-Logo-Final-08-15Here are a few:

  • You’ll reduce the chance of tooth decay
  • You may lose weight
  • You may feel better and have more energy because you’ll avoid the ‘sugar slump’ you get after eating sugar
  • Your skin may improve
  • Your immune system may improve
  • You may reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes
  • You may reduce your chances of developing heart disease
  • It may slow down the ageing process
  • It may reduce your sugar cravings/addiction
  • It may improve your mood and stress levels

From a dental perspective, it’s worth noting that it’s how often you eat sugar throughout the day that causes tooth decay, rather than how much. However, from an overall health perspective, it is important to limit your sugar intake and not exceed the daily guidelines (approximately 70g for men and 50g for women).

For more information, visit our dedicated Sugar-Free September website!

 *OnePoll online survey of 2,000 people conducted May 2015.
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