Education the best way forward?
I agree with Heston Blumenthal’s article Heston Blumenthal brands Jamie Oliver's 'sugar tax' campaign confusing. This highlights how confusing it is just putting a tax on sugary drinks when sugar is everywhere. He believes that education is the best way forward – and I personally believe this shouldn’t only be for the kids – awareness is the key, not simply a sugar tax.
How much sugar!?
On a recent visit to our local dentist on full view in the waiting room was a display of 8 widely available drinks ranging from tinned fizzy cans to bottled fruit juices to cartons which even I believed were a healthy option for children. Below each drink was a bag filled with white sugar representing the quantity in each. I wish I had taken a photo because you would be totally amazed at the quantity in each and both my daughter and I haven’t touched any of the displayed drinks since!!! We drink water with every meal and other drinks are a treat.
Is a sugar tax really the answer?
Here is the view of the British Dental Association on Sugar and Children's Oral Health.
Whilst writing this article I have been trying to think of healthy dessert option to replace a gooey chocolatey brownie with vanilla ice cream – but sadly I’m still thinking. Any ideas? Perhaps I should launch my own campaign – Quick & Healthy Yummy Desserts for All!!