4316.0 - Apparent Consumption of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia, 2018-19 Quality Declaration 
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Added sugars

Added sugars are defined as the sugars added to foods during processing or preparation, while 'free sugars' includes the sugar naturally present in fruit juices and honey in addition to added sugars.

  • There was an average daily consumption of 62 grams of added sugar per capita and 67 grams of free sugar.
  • Added sugar contributed 11.3% of dietary energy while free sugar contributed 12.3%. This proportion exceeds the World Health Organisation's recommendation that free sugar makes up less than 10% of dietary energy.


Added sugar and free sugar from selected food groups

Discretionary foods were the source of 92.4% of added sugars and 88.5% of free sugars.

Non-alcoholic beverages contributed 25.7% of added sugar and 28.5% of free sugar. Within the Sub-major food groups, those contributing the greatest proportions of apparent consumption of added sugars and free sugars were:
  • Sugar, honey and syrups (19.7% and 20.0%)
  • Soft drinks (15.7% and 14.5%)
  • Chocolate and chocolate based confectionery (10.8% and 10.1%)
  • Other confectionery (6.6% and 6.1%)
  • Sweet biscuits (6.4% and 5.9%)
  • Fruit and vegetable juices and drinks (2.4% and 6.4%).


Contribution to added sugar and free sugar, leading Sub-major food groups

Contribution to added sugar and free sugar, leading Sub-major food groups
Source: Apparent Consumption of Selected Foodstuffs, Australia, 2018–19.