Listening to the radio this morning, and the long item on regulating/educating the nation’s diet with a sugar tax, I picked a supermarket at random and looked at their half price offers for the week.
Of the twelve items listed nine were food related:
Six of the twelve are loaded with sugar – yes, even the orange juice, which is essentially sugar water with a touch of vit c when all of the fibre has been removed. We should also bear in mind that a number of artificial sweeteners possess health warning of their very own.
Four are loaded with fats, leaving only the tea bags as even remotely healthy – though the jury is out on the high caffeine in tea (also present in the Cola).
So before loading the public at large with yet another tax one has to wonder if perhaps tackling the supermarkets, and their poor record on the active promotion of unhealthy foods, would be a better first step?
Just a thought…