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Spoon icon for sugar drinks: dentists

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/02/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Using a teaspoon icon on labels will help to clear up confusion over how much sugar is in drinks that people buy, the Dental Association says.</span> © Getty Images Using a teaspoon icon on labels will help to clear up confusion over how much sugar is in drinks that people buy, the Dental Association says. A teaspoon icon will help to clear up confusion over the amount of sugar in drinks, the Dental Association says.

It says research has shown that some fruit juices have higher levels of sugar than fizzy drinks.

But finding out how much sugar there is in a particular beverage can be a confusing exercise for a shopper in a supermarket.

The association says a clearer method is needed.

"A sugary drink teaspoon icon is much simpler than '100ml per serve'," spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole.

"So instead of focusing on the type of drink, customers could look at a label that states 'contains 16 teaspoons of sugar'. It's about simplification, and comparing like with like."

Dr Beaglehole said this broad approach would benefit not just childhood obesity levels, but type two diabetes, as well as dental health.

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