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The Sugar Bureau

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 04 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8315
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}

What is it?

The Sugar Bureau was established in the 1960s to provide information on sugar and health. The organisation, which is funded “principally by UK sugar manufacturers,” says that its new look website aims to help improve knowledge and understanding of the contribution that sugar and other carbohydrates make to a healthy balanced diet ( The site, titled “The Sugar Nutrition UK site” and subtitled “Researching the science of sugar,” focuses on providing upbeat statements on a range of topics from health to weight control.

A “Facts” section, described as being “based on the latest scientific evidence on sugars and health,” says that sugar is natural, that active people need it, and even that it may help people stick to slimming diets. …

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