Healthy diets are all the rage – but is sugar content being analysed enough? Laura Gelder identifies the issues and some
ideas for those who want to show they care by reducing it
It used to be salt and fat but now sugar has been declared public enemy number one. After all, salt and fat are two things humans need in their diet – albeit in moderated quantities. But refined sugar? Our bodies don’t need it, they want it. Norway already has a sugar tax in place and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has campaigned for the UK government to impose a sugar tax on drinks companies, purporting it as both a way to pay for the impending bad health it creates as well as forcing companies to cut it or pay for it.
Sugar comes in so many guises it’s often difficult for consumers to identify it: sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose and hydrolysed starch are just some names for it, along with natural-sounding terms like honey, corn syrup and molasses - the latter two anything but natural. According to National Health Service guidelines in the UK, added sugars, such as table sugar,