The sugar debate
Last week, I took part in The Sugar Debate at the International Food Exhibition in London. Here are my opening remarks. I wonder what you think.
1 Sugar is not the enemy. But we do overconsume it.
2 Obesity is a major problem. And we need to solve it – urgently.
3 The UK soft drinks levy isn’t the solution. The soft drinks industry is already taking the most action. The levy is a distraction, delaying other measures.
4 Sweeteners aren’t the solution either. But they can contribute.
5 Obesity requires a comprehensive strategy:
• This starts with education and individual responsibility.
• Assisted by clear labelling and appropriate communications.
• The food industry should reformulate and reduce portions.
• Government should provide health incentives as well as disincentives.
• We should consider reducing overall sweetness levels too.
• We shouldn’t forget that we are overfed, but some are undernourished and many are underhydrated.
• Finally, let’s not ignore activity.