‘Sugar is the new tobacco,’ said Simon Capewell, professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Liverpool.
Being an ex-sugar addict this news caught my attention right away and love what is happening in Great Britain. I am proud of them.
‘Action on Sugar’ has formed a campaign to tackle obesity and diabetes in the UK. They are putting pressure on the government and industry to reduce the sugar content of food and drinks by up to 30%. The idea is to halt the obesity epidemic and reduce chronic disease in a practical way that will work and cost very little.
“The science says that sugar is dangerous exclusive of its calories, just like alcohol, the alcohol of childhood”. says chair of Action Againt Sugar Professor Graham MacGregor.
Marketing ploys to cut calories is not working. Industry must lower sugar content of processed foods, UK doctors are saying. Action on Sugar says asking firms to make voluntary changes has failed. Political attempts such as New York’s fat tax on non-diet soft drink often fail because of powerful resistance from the food industry.
What they plan to do is educate people about ‘hidden sugars’ and get manufacturers to reduce the ingredient over time. The goal is an eventual sugar reduction of 20% to 30% in three to five years. Done slowly like this consumers will not notice the difference in taste.
“Added sugar has no nutritional value whatsoever and causes no feeling of satiety. Aside from being a major cause of obesity, there is increasing evidence that added sugar increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and fatty liver.” says Dr Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and science director of Action on Sugar.
Action on Sugar has a goal to tackle the obesity epidemic both in the UK and worldwide.
“the cost of obesity to the NHS is approximately £1 billion a year, with an additional £2.3 to £2.6 billion per year to the economy as a whole. If the current trend is not halted, by 2010 the cost to the economy alone could be £3.6 billion a year, and by 2050 it could be £45 billion a year, according to experts.” Medical Research Council
Some of the big sugar culprits are:
- Coca Cola or Pepsi – 1 can has 9 teaspoons of sugar.
- Flavoured water – Glaceau Vitamin Water has four teaspoons of sugar in a 500ml bottle.
- Sports drinks – 32 ounce Gatorade has 14 teaspoons of sugar.
- Yogurts – even zero-fat yoghurts can contain five teaspoons of sugar.
- Ketchup – 3 tsp of ketchup has 1 tsp of sugar.
- Ready meals – Sharwood’s sweet and […]