Letters Sugar’s web of influence

Attacking scientists who lead work on reducing sugar intake damages the cause

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1133 (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1133
  1. Paul Aveyard, professor of behavioural medicine1
  1. 1Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6GG, UK
  1. paul.aveyard@phc.ox.ac.uk

Gornall alleges that scientists are part of the industry’s web of influence but produces no evidence of this.1 Instead, these scientists are working to change the current situation. The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) report proposed that no more than 5% of energy intake should come from sugar. In the UK, average energy input from sugars is 15% for children and 12% for adults. It’s hard to see how policy actions would be different if the target had been lower (say 3%) if, as …

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