Associations between free sugar intake and markers of health in the UK population. An analysis of the NDNS rolling programme

Julie Young, Sophie Scott, Lindsey Clark, John Lodge*

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Abstract

Recommendations for free sugar intake in the UK should be no more than 5% of total energy due to increased health risks associated with overconsumption. It was therefore of interest to examine free sugar intakes and associations with health parameters in the UK population. The UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) rolling programme (2008-2017) was used for this study. Dietary intake, anthropometrical measurements and clinical biomarker data collated from 5121 adult respondents aged 19-64 years, were statistically analysed. Compared to the average total carbohydrate intake (48% of energy), free sugars comprised 12.5%, with sucrose 9% and fructose 3.5%. Intakes of these sugars, apart from fructose, were significantly different over collection year (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-30
JournalThe British Journal of Nutrition
Early online date9 Aug 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Aug 2021

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