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SUGAR PRODUCTS AND DISHES
The Sugar products and dishes food group includes sugar, honey, syrups, jam, chocolate spreads and sauces and dishes and products other than confectionery where sugar is the major component e.g. pavlova and meringue.
Although only contributing 2% of total energy intakes on average, Sugar products and dishes were consumed by half (50%) of the population on the day before interview in 2011-12. This included 36% who had sugar, 9% who had honey and sugar syrups and 8% who had jams and conserves, sugar sweetened. Males were more likely to have been Sugar products and dishes consumers than females (52% compared with 48% respectively), but the gap was mainly evident among the 51-70 years and 71 years and over age groups. People aged 71 years and over had the highest rates of consumption of Sugar products and dishes, this was due to 50% using sugar, honey and syrups and 19% using jam and lemon spreads, chocolate spreads and sauces see Table 4.1. Of the average 7.5 grams of sugar, honey and syrups that were reported per person per day, 60% was added to beverages and 20% added to cereals.
Footnote(s): (a) On the day prior to interview.
Source(s): Australian Health Survey: Nutrition First Results - Food and Nutrients, 2011-12
While not part of the Sugar products and dishes group, intense (or artificial) sweeteners were added to foods and beverages by 4% of the population. The highest prevalence of consumption was among the 71 years and over population at 11%, followed by the 51-70 year olds at 6.7% see Table 4.1.
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