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WILL A SUGAR TAX solve our obesity crisis?

It’s the debate that’s going round in circles. We asked two nutrition experts to give their views on the only thing that matters: will it be effective?


WE’RE CURRENTLY CONSUMING two to three times more free sugars than recommended. The evidence shows that excess sugar intake is associated with a greater risk of tooth decay and, in particular, consuming sugary drinks results in greater weight gain in children and adolescents (compared with low-calorie drinks) and is associated with type 2 diabetes. Given that sugary drinks contribute the most amount of sugar to our diets and contain no nutritional value, they should be targeted by sugar reduction initiatives. Some manufactures have gradually reduced sugar in their drinks in recent years – but with some of the most popular drinks on the market still containing 9tsp sugar per can, they haven’t moved far enough.

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You can eat carbs! Our dietitian discusses how good carbs can help with your weight loss and energy levels. We find out how one reader reversed his type 2 diabetes through diet, and get an expert update on clean eating and the processed foods you SHOULD be eating. Plus, our food psychologist reveals how you can take control of your willpower and say no to office cake. All this plus 30 calorie–counted recipes in the March issue of Healthy Food Guide.