It's time to pull on our big boy/girl pants and admit the truth - sugar addiction is not the reason we're overweight or unhealthy, WE ARE THE REASON. There, I've said it and while I know it's not what you want to read, it's time we stopped pussyfooting around with excuses to make ourselves feel better.
We're petitioning the government to cut VAT to the reduced rate of 5% on all lower sugar food and drink. This will bring hundreds of lower sugar products into price parity with their ordinary counterparts and crucially, will scrap the price barrier which so many of us face.
Kids need to know that the closer a product is to nature, the healthier it is for them. Perhaps the industry could come up with a kid-friendly kite mark showing clearly just how near or how far from containing only natural, healthy ingredients the product is.
Here's the rule of thumb: If your breakfast comes in a box, it's most likely not a good choice. Just check the label of your favourite cereal - some "healthy" mueslis contain just as much sugar as the infamous Kellogg's Honey Smacks (launched in 1953 as Sugar Smacks)!
So for those of us who may have indulged in a selection box too many over the festive season, in the hope it won't have had a detrimental effect on our health (or waistlines), there are several very good reasons why health experts and the medical profession have discounted this review.
Schools are breaking up and the last of the nativity plays are upon us. We are now bang in the season of jingle bells and gin, cake, cocktails and exc...
Dessert. There are not many people who can say in all honesty that they are not fussed. Desserts taste great. They are the crowning glory of a meal; d...
Although many of us may know that sugar in the diet isn't good for us, for those of you that have tried to give it up may know how hard it is to do. Under normal conditions, we have systems in our body that are meant to regulate the amount of food that we ingest. However, when it comes to sugar and other junk food, it seems like this system is not properly at play.
It's been a week since The Great British Bake Off final, and a new study from National Accident Helpline shows that one in four people haves been inspired to bake more. But, baking enthusiasts might not be reaching 'star baker' standard every time, as two thirds of people say they've injured themselves whilst baking or cooking.
Halloween is upon us again, the yearly sugar fest that is matched only by Easter and Christmas. It's a treat or treat bonanza, with a big payday for retailers and families stocking up on cheap candy weeks ahead as if their lives depend on it. Newsflash: Stores do not run out of sweets. And we all know what happens to a stash of goodies at home
This week is National Baking week, so it's only appropriate to challenge those who are making it their life's mission to promote 'guilt free desserts'. Simply by calling a dessert or treat 'guilt free' necessarily implies that all others are 'guilty'. Clearly this is a load of rubbish.
Inulin is chicory root fibre, although it is found in smaller quantities in other fruit & vegetables such as, jerusalem artichokes, leeks, carrots, parsnips and beetroots. Chances are, if you're eating a nutritionally balanced diet - you're already getting plenty of inulin.
New research published in the last few days suggests less than 2% of children's packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards. We can offer an obvious explanation for this. The reason why less than 2% of packed lunches meet the government's nutritional standards is because parents have worked out what their children like and what they don't like for their lunch.
Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.
The new government has to be able to have the freedom to look at some of the decisions made by the previous government, like the sugar tax, and has to have the freedom to say 'actually, we don't think we will go ahead with this'. And bravo to them if they have the guts to do this.
Amid the fallout from the EU referendum, and all the talk about leadership elections, the promised childhood obesity strategy seems to be ever more elusive. Will it ever be seen?