It has no carbohydrates or sugar, but this indigenous South African plant is a whopping 3,000 times sweeter than table sugar.
When two weeks ago I wrote to the management of our biggest shopping centre in Liverpool asking them either to stop a visit from the Coca-Cola van or allow alongside it a health promotion display I did not know the furore I would cause or the amount of time I would spend discussing fizzy drinks. I regret neither.
During Sugar Awareness Week 2017 (30th October - 5th November) we are urging retailers to sell high sugar products responsibly, that is, not as part of price promotions such as meal deals.
'These excessively high sugar combos can have a detrimental effect on health.'
Lunchtime meal deals might be saving you money, but they’re not always saving your health. That’s according to a new report
Right, now you're back from the kitchen, (or the counter, if you are in a posh coffee shop) shall we talk about sugar? It's always in the news along with rising obesity levels, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. Only this month, Public Health England launched a child obesity plan to tackle the problem head on.
When Theresa May first became Prime Minister, she pledged that she would look after the sick and poor and yet within three weeks, along with her previous advisors, she had slashed David Cameron's evidence-based obesity plan from 37 to 13 pages, cutting out many vital policies.
The Government pitched their Childhood Obesity Plan as the start of the conversation. The stronger elements of the plan are progressing well, but these alone are not enough. We now desperately need to return to that conversation to give us the best chance of protecting our children's future health not just over the next 52 weeks, but for every week beyond that.
Mum would have nagged my dad about going to the local Waitrose for last-minute shopping that she had forgotten. In her 82nd year, she often forgets important things such as double cream. My dad would sigh in exasperation, sometimes in bad temper.
'Shoppers should be seeing red.'