In the BBC news recently there was talk of a pudding tax...
There is already a sugar tax but this is limited to fizzy drinks containing more than 5g of sugar per 100m (18p tax per litre) and more than 8g of sugar per 100m (24p tax per litre). The idea of a pudding tax was created by England's Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, who before Christmas said there needed to be more taxes on unhealthy products, as she was "not yet convinced industry could be relied on to act voluntarily".
Whether the Government should intervene in a 'Big Brother' fashion to stop sugar consumption is not the topic of this blog. But whether to stop sugar consumption? In my opinion the answer is an absolute resounding 'yes'!
Sugar has a direct link with obesity. Obesity has a direct link with poor health, amongst other problems. When you have more than 1 in 5 FIVE year olds overweight or obese when starting school, we know something needs to change.
I have read a great deal on the subject, and I cut sugar out of my diet as much as possible from March 2018. From a history of suffering from 3-4 migraines every 6 weeks, after I cut sugar, they virtually disappeared. I lost weight, gained energy and my skin improved. If you are interested in the subject of how sugar affects us, please read Gary Taubes' most excellent book on the topic, or look at Sarah Wilson's website "I quit sugar".
Do we need a pudding tax? Sugar is a drug. It's addictive, and as with all addictive substances, without either a huge carrot or a huge stick, we won't change.