UK: Scots eat 110 tonnes of sugar per day due to discount prices

Published: 08/10/2017, 8:06:17 AM

Shoppers in Scotland buy cheap snacks containing almost 110 tonnes of sugar every day, according to the UK's Times newspaper.

Experts at the charity Cancer Research UK calculated that the equivalent of 4.3 million chocolate bars or 3.1 million cans of cola was being purchased each day at discounted prices in Scotland.

The figures heap further pressure on the Scottish government to bring in regulations restricting discounts such as buy-one-get-one-free on sweet snacks when it announces its obesity strategy this autumn.

Linda Bauld, a cancer prevention expert at Stirling University, said studies showed that if people bought extra treats on bulk-buy deals they tended to eat them.