Too many sweets
If you walk into any newsagents, petrol station or supermarket in Britain you will find a vast array of snacks such as sweets, crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks. Recent research has shown that British people really do eat too much sugar. Apparently we eat about 700g of sugar every week, which is about 140 teaspoons per person. As a result, obesity is becoming much more common.
Both the World Health Organisation and government advisers in England have recently proposed a cut in their recommendations for sugar consumption. Heart experts have said that carrying too much fat can increase the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The new advice is that sugar should account for just 5% of our energy intake – down from 10%.
newsagents (n) a shop where you buy newspapers, cigarettes and sweets
fizzy drinks carbonated drinks eg. lemondade, cola
vast (adj) very big
teaspoon (n) a small spoon
obesity (n) fatness