OUR SAY: Sugar tax sweetens the deal

THE playbook used by the soft drink and processed food industry to come up with arguments against taxing the inordinate amount of sugar in their products must be getting a little torn and grubby by now.

After all it has been used by the tobacco industry since the 1960s and has since been passed onto the fossil fuel industry for its campaign against climate science.

Now it's the turn of the soft drink and processed food industries to cherry-pick science and make false claims about products which clearly are damaging to health.

RELATED: Sugar tax not so sweet for local industry

Science has finally nailed one of the conundrums that have confused the world for the past 40 years.

That is, we have become obsessed with fighting fat, while at the same time obesity rates have skyrocketed.

How did this happen?

In the 1970s, reports came out warning people the fat in their diets would make them fatter.

The food industry saw an opportunity and created whole new food groups.

But they had a problem. Without fat, food tastes like cardboard. So they loaded it up with fantastic amounts of sugar to make it tasty.

For 40 years people have eaten low-fat food to lose weight but couldn't.

Today we have published a selection of views from leading health experts, legal people and marketers.

All agree putting a tax on sugar is a good idea.



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