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Is Britain brewing up a work-force with poor oral health?

7 September, 2016

New research reveals the damage that the workplace tea round could be having on our oral health.

Workplace tea rounds could be a hidden health hazard as new research has revealed that one in 10 Brits are adding a spoonful of sugar to their tea at least three times a day, putting both their oral health and general wellbeing at risk[1].

According to the research we recently carried out,  11% of sweet-toothed Brits believe the root cause of their excess sugar consumption is the temptation of the humble tea round. One in 10 (9%) people surveyed admit that they drink tea with sugar at least three times a day and a further 8% admit to drinking at least three daily coffees sweetened with sugar.

Even those who believe they’re going for the healthy option could be misunderstood, as one in five don’t think that fruit smoothies contained any sugar, despite recent research showing that smoothies stocked by major supermarkets contain over five teaspoons of the sweet ingredient[2].

Those that tuck into a tea time treat with their cuppa are particularly vulnerable to exceeding the recommend daily allowance (RDA) of sugar. Over a fifth (22%) consider sugar laden office biscuits responsible for their consumption of added sugar, with a further 19% admitting that they knowingly consume sugar by snacking throughout the working day.

3pm appears to be a heightened time for sugar sinning, with 17% of people admitting that this is when they give into cravings for sweet stuff. Post-work drinks are also contributing to the problem. Almost a third of people surveyed don’t realise their post-work pint or glass of wine contains sugar, yet, one in 10 say that they drink these twice week
ly. A further 48% are unaware that spirits are sugary.

Worried about the lack of knowledge surrounding sugar consumption, we are are urging you and your fellow employees to go sugar free for 30 days by taking part in our Sugar-Free September campaign.

[1] Onepoll survey of 2,000 participants conducted in February 2016

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/23/fruit-juices-smoothies-contain-unacceptably-high-levels-sugar

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