Lucozade Ribena Suntory (LRS) are reducing the sugar content of Ribena Blackcurrant (Ready To Drink and squash by approximately 55%). Pharmacists should be aware of this change as Ribena Blackcurrant is sometimes used by people with diabetes to help manage their blood sugar levels.
From February 2018, new Ribena Blackcurrant formulations will start appearing on shelves and for a time new and old formula may be present at the same time. It is essential that consumers check the label.
These changes may impact pharmacists who:
• Give dietary advice to people with diabetes who currently drink Ribena Blackcurrant to manage their blood sugar levels;
• Give dietary advice to people with other metabolic conditions who may use Ribena Blackcurrant
All new Ribena Blackcurrant will now contain sugars naturally occurring from the juice, a reduced level of added sugar (sucrose), and the sweeteners Acesulfame K and Sucralose.
Pharmacists and their patients will need to check the nutritional information label located on the back of the pack. Ribena Blackcurrant Ready To Drink will also change from 10g sugars per 100ml to 4.6g sugars per 100ml. For further information please visit the Lucozade Ribena Suntory website