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Sugar Reduction in Yogurt Products Sold in the UK between 2016 and 2019

School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
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Nutrients 2020, 12(1), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12010171
Received: 2 October 2019 / Revised: 5 December 2019 / Accepted: 13 December 2019 / Published: 8 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Persuading the Population to Eat a Healthier Diet)
The UK government has called for industry reformulation of foods that contribute most to sugar consumption in children’s diets, including yogurts. The aim of this work was to comprehensively survey yogurt products available in UK supermarkets in 2019 to determine whether sugar contents had been reduced since our baseline survey in 2016. Product information was collected for 893 unique yogurt, fromage frais and dairy dessert products, and nutrient contents were analysed in comparison to those previously examined. Examining all products, there was a highly significant (p < 0.0001) reduction in the median total sugar contents in 2019 compared to those in 2016: median (interquartile range): 10.4 g/100 g (6.6, 13.0) versus 11.9 g/100 (8.8, 13.6). However, notable product turnover was evident; while 60% of the 2019 products surveyed could be matched by brand and name to 2016, 40% were new. In scrutinising paired products closely, only 32% (173 of 539) had reduced sugar contents with a smaller mean difference of −0.65 g/100 g (p < 0.0001), suggesting that the overall median had dropped as a result of higher sugar products being discontinued. Categories showing the most improvements were children’s, drinks and fruit yogurts. Although only 15% of the 2019 products contained ≤5 g/100 g sugars, considered a ‘low-sugar’ product for labelling, this was an improvement over the 9% identified in 2016. Our results yield important insights into current market trends and demonstrate that the median sugar content of UK yogurt products has been reduced by 13% in two years. These data independently evidence modest, but encouraging changes in response to public policy initiatives aimed at preventing childhood obesity. View Full-Text
Keywords: yogurt; sugar; childhood obesity yogurt; sugar; childhood obesity
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Moore, J.B.; Sutton, E.H.; Hancock, N. Sugar Reduction in Yogurt Products Sold in the UK between 2016 and 2019. Nutrients 2020, 12, 171.

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    Doi: 10.5518/604 AND 10.5518/603
    Link: https://doi.org/10.5518/604 AND https://doi.org/10.5518/603
    Description: Moore, J. Bernadette and Sutton, Eiméar H. and Hancock, Neil (2019) A comprehensive survey of the nutrient content of yogurt products in the UK's five major online supermarkets in January 2019. University of Leeds. [Dataset] https://doi.org/10.5518/604 AND Moore, J. Bernadette and Horti, Annabelle and Fielding, Barbara A. (2019) A comprehensive survey of the nutrient content of yogurt products in the UK's five major online supermarkets in November 2016. University of Leeds. [Dataset] https://doi.org/10.5518/603
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