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UK Parliamentarian Asks Schools to Ban Sugar (and Challenges Prime Minister to Go Sugar Free!)

Published on January 29, 2014,

Earlier in the week we reported a disappointing leaflet being sent home from schools in England and Wales encouraging parents to switch to lower fat foods. All is not gloomy, however, as the BBC is reporting a Member of Parliament who is asking all schools in his Leicester consistency to ban sugar in its meals and vending machines…

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British Prime Minister david Cameron has been challenged to go sugar-free for one day (photo credit Wikipedia)

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has written to the city council asking it to become the first in the country to run sugar-free canteens.

Mr Vaz said: “I think it is very important people understand that sugar is not good for their health.”

…Mr Vaz, a Labour MP and chairman of the Home Affairs committee, said: “We have sugar available quite freely in drinks and food in our schools and with the obesity rates that we have got it is very important that we act immediately.

“In the average vending machine, you will see hundreds of teaspoons of sugar masquerading as cans of drinks and sweets.”

Mr Vaz, who has diabetes, said it made “economic sense” to ban sugar as it would “save a lot of money” treating people with obesity and type two diabetes…

Mr Vaz asked David Cameron during Prime Minister’s questions earlier in January to join him in the “war on sugar” by giving up sugar and sugary drinks for one day.

Mr Cameron said he would accept the challenge, adding: “If I possibly can”.

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Video: Confusion Defined – UK Cuts Saturated Food In Foods But Ignores Sugars

Published on November 11, 2013,

In recent weeks mainstream media across the globe has been featuring the idea that sugar and not saturated fat is the main problem at the root of the obesity epidemic (see some links below). How utterly bizarre then that here in the UK the government has launched a voluntary campaign for food manufacturers to reduce saturated fat content but completely ignores the amount of sugar. See this report from the UK’s Channel 4 News programme for a picture of utter confusion…

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Revealed: The ‘Healthy’ Drinks and Snacks That Contain up to 13 Times More Sugar Than a DOUGHNUT

Published on October 7, 2013,

In the latest of a recent flurry of articles in the mainstream UK press attacking the contribution of sugar in the escalating obesity crisis, the Daily Mail ‘reveals’ that many drinks and snacks perceived as healthy have hidden levels of sugar far in excess of those found in ‘naughty’ foods…

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Costa Coffee slush thing – secretlondon123

Fruit coolers and frappucinos might sound healthy but it seems they aren’t quite as good for you as they claim, after new research revealed that both have more sugar than a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

An analysis of some of the most sugary products sold in Britain found that a large red berry ‘fruit cooler’ from Costa Coffee contains 97.1g of sugar, the equivalent to 24 teaspoons.

By contrast, a Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut contains just 7g of sugar – more than 13 times less than the Costa drink.

The extreme example comes as a new report brands Britain ‘the fattest country in Europe’ – raising concern about the threat to health from excessive sugar consumption. 

Around one in four British people are classified as obese, according to the report by investment bank Credit Suisse.

The report estimates that obesity and related diseases cost the worldwide healthcare system £372 billion a year.

Eight out of 10 doctors in a global survey considered that sugar consumption was linked to the development of obesity and type II diabetes.

The recommended maximum daily consumption of added and intrinsic sugars is 90g for a woman and 120g for a man. 

However, the Credit Suisse report points out that it can be difficult to restrict consumption because some popular daily staples – from Starbucks drinks to muffins – can contain more sugar than several doughnuts.

A sample of products revealed that Costa’s fruit cooler contains more sugar than a woman’s recommended daily allowance.

One of the reasons for the large quantities of sugar in drinks sold in coffee chains is the big cup sizes.A large drink in Costa Coffee, known as a Massimo, contains 610ml of liquid – more than a pint.

A large Starbucks coffee frappuccino (590ml), without whipped cream, contains 61.6g of sugar, equivalent to that found in more than 20 original McVitie’s digestive biscuits.

A bowl of Crunchy Nut cornflakes with milk (17g of sugar) and a Burger King Whopper (11g of sugar) each contain more sugar than a Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut…

The sugar industry says there is no evidence of any proven link, but some doctors consider the risk to health has been underestimated for years.

Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist and writer, said: ‘Added sugar has no nutritional value and we don’t need it.

The evidence suggests that fat is not as harmful as we once believed and there is mounting evidence that sugar is a threat to health.’

A report published earlier this year found that sugar consumption was associated with diabetes II.

Another, by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, called for a 20 per cent increase in the cost of sugary drinks and fewer fast food outlets near schools.

A spokesman for Starbucks said: ‘Starbucks was one of the first high street retailers to display calorie content on our menu boards and we provide customers with a choice of lighter options.’

A spokesman for Costa Coffee said: ‘Costa takes the nutritional balance of all its food and drink very seriously.

We have increased the quality of information available and have carried out a lot of work to find ways to reduce fat, calories and sugar levels.’

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