60 organisations, including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Healthare are calling for a 20p-per-litre tax on soft drinks to be included in this year’s Budget. This could raise up to £1bn a year in duty, which could be used to fund free fruit and healthy meals in schools. The tax could drive people towards no added sugar drinks.
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A 330-millilitre can of sugary pop typically contains something like 35g of sugar, that is nine lumps. There are about 4 calories per gram of sugar, so that is 140 calories per can of sugary pop.
The Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) for sugar is 90 grams. That is less than three cans of sugary pop, which is in “old money” is a pint and a half.
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