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Fat tax or thin subsidy? How price increases and decreases affect the energy and nutrient content of food and beverage purchases in Great Britain

Laura Cornelsen, Mario Mazzocchi () and Richard D. Smith

Social Science & Medicine, 2019, vol. 230, issue C, 318-327

Abstract: •Energy and nutrient content of take-home purchases is above reference daily intake.•Demand for food is more responsive to price increases than to price decreases.•Price changes based on healthiness of food have a positive net effect on diet.•Such changes improve dietary quality of low-SES household food purchases most.•Greatest impact seen if price of sweet snacks, desserts, and fats/oils increases.

Date: 2019
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