Health written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which medical conditions and diseases are adversely affected by an above-average consumption of sugar.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Excessive sugar consumption increases the risk of tooth decay, contributes to calorie intake, and the resulting raised blood sugar may be particularly of concern for people with diabetes.

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition are reviewing carbohydrates. The review will assess the evidence on sugar and subsequently provide up to date advice on sugar consumption and its impact on health outcomes.

We continue to advise people to eat a healthy, balanced diet and that sugary foods and drinks should be consumed sparingly in order to reduce the above mentioned risks.

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