According to BBC, a sugar tax may have to be introduced to curb obesity rates.┬áMP ‘Dame Sally Davies’ has spoken out about the issue and has said:


“We have a generation of children who, because they’re overweight and their lack of activity, may well not live as long as my generation. They will be the first generation that live less, and that is of great concern.”

She believes that being overweight has been ‘normalised’, with dress sizes being altered, so that a size 14 now was a size 12 when she was a student.

She believes the public need to be educated over how bad some smoothies, fruit juices and carbonated drinks were.

Here at Essex Baby we have found five foods suprisingly high in sugar:

  • Fat free yoghurt – 150g service of some 0% fat yogurts can contain as much as 20g of sugar. Half of a women’s daily recommended intake of added sugar!
  • Tomato-based pasta sauce – 1/3 of a jar can contain over 13g of sugar.
  • Coleslaw – one tablespoon of shop bought coleslaw, can contain up to 4g of sugar.
  • Enhanced water – 500ml can contain up to 15g of sugar.
  • Bread – a slice of bread contains as much as 3g of sugar.

What do you think? Should we be taxing the manufacturers who put lots of sugar in their products? Should we be investing more in schools and education? Please tell us what you think by commenting below.

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